To offer cyber protection, we need to understand cyber intrusion (i.e. hacking). And US journalist Barrett Brown was researching the companies that practise both. Until, that is, he was sent to jail. On 6 March 2012, Brown’s home was raided by the FBI and his laptop seized. He was eventually sentenced to 63 months in jail. On 29 November 2016, Brown was released on parole. And to celebrate, WikiLeaks published a searchable database of 60,000 emails from HBGary (one of the cyber-intelligence contractors Brown had investigated). For the next two years, Brown will only be able to use a computer that’s authorised and regularly examined by the Probation Service. But what exactly are the authorities so afraid of?
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