Researcher faces jail for finding bugs. A researcher who published exploit codes that could take advantage of bugs in an antivirus application could be imprisoned for violation of copyright laws.
Published: January 11, 2005, 7:57 AM PST By Munir Kotadia Special to CNET News.com In 2001, French researcher Guillaume Tena found a number of vulnerabilities in the Viguard antivirus software published by Tegam International, which is based in Paris. Tena, who at the time was known by his pseudonym Guillermito, published his research online in March 2002. However, Tena's actions were not viewed kindly by Tegam, which initiated legal action against the researcher. That action resulted in a case being brought to trial in Paris. The trial kicked off on Jan. 4. The prosecution claims that Tena violated article 335.2 of the intellectual property code and is asking for a four-month jail term and a fine of about $7,900 (6,000 euros) . Additionally, Tegam is proceeding with a civil case against Tena and asking for about $1.2 million in damages. According to Tena's Web site, his research "showed how the program worked, demonstrated a few security flaws and carried out some tests with real viruses. Unlike the advertising claimed, this software didn't detect and stop '100 percent of viruses.'"
The only easy day was yesterday.
...some do, some don't; some will, some won't (WR)