Inspired by this article in wired, I decided to put down this rant
Pres. Obama will recommend "hacking" be upgraded to a racketeering crime, which means associates of hackers and those which knowingly spread illegal information can be charged with up to 20 years in prison with a felony charge.
This sounds like a good thing, right? Hackers are bad guys. Well, the stuff that I post all the time (on software issues, company data leaks, etc.) falls under this law. If I were ever to come under scrutiny by any gov't entity, they could lean on me with racketeering or hacking charges.
And if you have ever reposted anything I put on here about software vulnerabilities, guess what? You can be charged with felony racketeering. Maybe our prison cells will be close together!
Please, vote against this law if it comes up to that. Exploring and helping fix software does not deserve a felony charge. We cannot continue to persecute our computer security experts and expect to remain a secure country in a globally connected world.
Kyler Middleton, Computer Security Enthusiast and Potential Felon