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Re: ACM.ORG data leak still there 4 days after announcing to CEO John White
From: Benji <me () b3nji com>
Date: Mon, 22 Feb 2010 19:52:33 +0000

Not to be a dick or anything, but whether it should be or not is irrelevant,
it is a crime. As you seem to be a "security expert"  doing "penetration
testing and security audits" I'm sure you'd understand that for example, a
remote file include is literally just a case of 'modifying one parameter of
an url'.

You didnt enumerate passwords, well, I guess that makes the crime slightly
less serious. Personal info isnt worth that much I've heard.

Infact, by publishing data and the fact there is a hole, you could argue
that infact you couldve made the situation worse for ACM. Hypothetically,
now you've displayed that a hole is there, someone could go and dump the
database saving them the time of even looking for a vulnerable site.

I'm just wondering what makes you so sure they wont do anything like that?

On Mon, Feb 22, 2010 at 7:46 PM, the hacker <info () the-hacker info> wrote:

Hello Benji

I did not crack/enumerate any passwords, use buffer overflow with
metasploit or whatever other tools...

I dont think that by just modifying one parameter of an url you already
break a law (or all people that have spelling problems when entering an url
would be in jail).

Also I have contacted ACM with my REAL name, address, phone number etc. via

I've even called the CEO twice!

So they know my identity because I just wanted to let them know about the
problem on their website - but when they did not react for 4 days I
extracted some sample data (I could have got much more) from the site to
mail it to them. I've extracted enought to show them that its not just 10
addresses, but its far from everything.

So I wonder why I should be in trouble for wanting to help them?

Do you other guys on the list also think that this is already a crime?

By the way, I've sent the mail with the data 2 hours ago but no reaction.



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