Mon Jul 20, 2009 @ 12:33AM PST
By Eriq Gardner
As technology develops and plays a bigger part in all our lives, we're beginning to sense a burgeoning relationship between hackers of the world and some in the media who are hungry to post scintillating, private information.
What are the ethical boundaries in the media's relationship with a hacker? What's the legal liability for posting information obtained after an individual's violation of the law?
We might be seeing a case enfolding that will explore both questions.
Last week, TechCrunch editors got their hands on some of Twitter's confidential corporate and personal documents, including financial forecasts
for the company and what TechCrunch described as an "awesome" pitch for a reality television show
called "Final Tweet."
The documents were given to the highly-trafficked blog by a hacker who appears to have obtained them through surreptitious means. TechCrunch described the dilemma
over whether they should post the documents. After speaking with some Twitter lawyers, they decided to publish some of the documents with "news value."