Chris Francescani on How Prosecutors Screw With Hackers


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At the Hackers On Planet Earth (Hope X 2014) conference in New York City last weekend, hundreds of hackers got a crash course in computer crime in a session that drew as many laughs as gasps.

Philadelphia-based information security specialist Alex Muentz said that the three-word phrase he most frequently urges hackers to avoid is "Fuck shit up."

"I've read this line in more indictments and sentencing briefings," Muentz told a Hope X panel. "I think I see it at least 20 times a day."

Chris Francescani spoke with Muentz about how and why prosecutors go after hackers, even when those hackers think they're helping companies uncover security vulnerabilities.