Security researcher revealing "secure" advertising claim by DigiExam as Utterly False threatened with copyright monopoly lawsuit over disclosure.
So it's happened again - a security researcher showing a marketing claim to be atrociously false has been threatened with a copyright monopoly lawsuit to take down the posted proof. The company DigiExam claims that their examination software is "cheat proof", which it can't be by definition when it's running on somebody's own computer: these are DRM fantasies. Security researcher Hannes Aspåker developed a proof of concept to show the claim is false and posted it, and was promptly hit with a threat of copyright monopoly infringement lawsuit from DigiExam to take down the proof: DigiExam is deliberately creating chilling effects on free speech in order to protect its false marketing.
[evidence of takedown threat in article, complete with deconstruction to show how utterly baseless it is from every conceivable angle]
The Internet doesn't take kindly to baseless takedown threats in order to save one's own face - in particular not copyright monopoly threats against security disclosures. This shit should be criminal.
This action from DigiExam was far more harmful than the security bulletin in the first place, and they deserve to know what the Internet thinks of their shit. This kind of behavior, to throw around force and legal threats to deliberately create chilling effects against researchers who reveal your marketing claims as bullshit, is one of the least acceptable things conceivable to free speech.http://falkvinge.net/2016/05/25/security-researcher-revealing-secure-advertising-as-false-threatened-with-copyright-monopoly-lawsuit/