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Hackers: Doing good by day and bad by night?

Lulz Security was brought down by the U.S. Authorities last summer and it turns out that one of the people accused of being in the core of this organization, has been working in a nonprofit group dedicated to making websites more secure.

Darren Martyn, resigned last week from his position as a local chapter leader of the Open Web Application Security Project, based in Ireland, which develops open source applications, aimed to improved security. Martyn was known online as Pwnsauce and Networkkitten, according to the indictment that was unsealed alongside the guilty plea by Lulz Security leader Sabu

So, when do the hackers stop making good and start making bad? It is known that many of today’s professionals who work in site security, have in their youth, broken into sites, to test their theories. It is a matter of ethics to stop before you go down a slippery slide.

But even though, many have switched sides before getting into trouble, there still remains a number of once offensive hackers who are sympathetic towards big hacking organizations such as Anonymous and Lulz Security. At last year’s DefCon convention for amateur and professional security enthusiasts there was even talk about how Anonymous should publish guidelines and attack only companies and organizations that have done wrong.

At the bottom line, it all comes down to a very simple question: isn’t it a moral question if a hacker will choose to do good or on the other hand, use his skills to breach security?

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