PSA: Intentionally Leaving Backdoors in Your Code Can Lead to Fines and Jail Time

In the cybersecurity field, we talk a lot about threat actors and vulnerable code, but what doesn’t get discussed enough is intentional vulnerabilities and becoming your own threat actor. Even when making decisions with the best of intentions, it is possible to work against your own best interests. One area we see this in comes from website developers trying to safeguard their work. It can be tempting to incorporate code that gives the developer access to the site files, also known as a backdoor, in the event that the client chooses not to pay, so that the developer can remove their code or otherwise damage the site.

This post was originally published on Wordfence by Topher Tebow.

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