Eric Butler responds to some of the questions and issues raised by his release of Firesheep, a Firefox browser add-on that allows users to access and take over accounts using unsecured wi-fi connections. Its release has generated a lot of discussion about security.
I’ve received hundreds of messages from people who are extremely happy that the issue of website security is receiving attention. Some, however, have questioned if Firesheep is legal to use. I’d like to be clear about this: It is nobody’s business telling you what software you can or cannot run on your own computer. Like any tool, Firesheep can be used for many things. In addition to raising awareness, it has already proven very useful for people who want to test their own security as well as the security of their (consenting) friends. A much more appropriate question is: “Is it legal to access someone else’s accounts without their permission?”.
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