You may have read about this on Slashdot: Three researchers were going to present a paper next week at the USENIX Security '13 conference
about security holes they found in one of Volkswagen's anti-theft systems
, but a British court said they couldn't
. One of the presenters works at a British university
, and the court may have jurisdiction over him. The other two are not U.K. residents, and the Usenix conference is being held in Washington D.C., so jurisdiction questions are flying thick and fast. Amusingly, whether the paper is published and presented or not, the security holes and crack codes it is supposed to contain have been available on the Internet for quite a while, so bad guys who want to learn about them most likely have done so already. Then, last week, we heard that one of the presenters was going to show up at the conference and possibly ignore the injunction
. Meanwhile, USENIX co-executive director Casey Henderson and EFF intellectual property director Corynne McSherry talked with Slashdot's Timothy Lord via Zoom
and discussed this situation, and how this sort of problem might be prevented in the future.