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AU security researchers need legal advice: CERT

The technical head of CERT, Jeff Carpenter, says Australian researchers should familiarise themselves with copyright laws in the context of reverse engineering malicious code to avoid hassles with DMCA-like legislation. “Legal issues have become more and more complicated… I’m not familiar with the law in Australia, but within the United States, the DMCA and other laws are making things complicated,” he told ZDNet Australia during a recent interview. Carpenter says that conducting analysis on malicious code, such as a worm payload or Trojan binary, may result in legal problems stemming from copyright law. “If you’re going to do work in this area you we recommend you consult legal counsel before you… find yourself in a sticky legal situation,” he said. Full Story

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