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Re: Congratulations Andrew
From: Stephen Mullins <steve.mullins.work () gmail com>
Date: Wed, 16 Jun 2010 20:29:39 -0400

My response to the "Full disclosure is cyber terrorism" thread, which
was unpublished to the list, was:

"I think the ultimate goal is to dissuade people from getting into
hacking at all.  Black hat, white hat, it doesn't matter what you call
yourself if what you're doing is illegal regardless of intent and you
hear a continuous stream of people going to prison in the news.  It's
all fun and games on the internets until you decide to "hack" Sarah
Palin's email and end up in prison with your life irrevocably
destroyed."

"It seems clear that the goal of most legislation regarding "cyber
crime" is to prevent anyone from independently developing the
capability to discover
and disclose secrets through fear of severe penalties while
simultaneously preventing citizens from having the ability to keep
secrets of their own (bans on encryption technology in various
countries).  This does not bode well for a certain kind of personality
type that doesn't like to take "no" for
an answer and has the curiosity and intelligence to dig deeper than
accepting "access denied" as the final answer."

The proof is in the pudding.  The current state of "cyber crime"
legislation amounts to, "do something involving computers that a
powerful interest doesn't like and you will go down -- hard."

Better learn to start taking "no" for an answer.

Steve Mullins

On Wed, Jun 16, 2010 at 11:06 AM,  <Valdis.Kletnieks () vt edu> wrote:
On Wed, 16 Jun 2010 16:44:06 +0200, "Jan G.B." said:

Oh and by the way.. he's still lobbying against FD, as you can see here:
"Full disclosure is cyber terrorism" =>
http://www.securityfocus.com/archive/105/511801/30/0/threaded

Dude needs to learn to be consistent.  Kinda hard to support "FD is cyber
terrorism" while also whining about overinflated claims of cyberwarfare.

In any case, his basic thesis is flawed. The fact that "most people seem to
agree with me" doesn't in fact mean it's true, only that most CNet readers are
just as confused as he is.  Full disclosure is *not* terrrorism, any more
than the weather service issuing a tornado alert is terrorism.  It may mean
I have more work ahead, but that's true for a tornado alert as well.  And most
importantly, I'm not terrorized - I'm fully informed and can take actions
accordingly.  It's *partial* disclosure that's terrorism.

Consider the following two scenarios:

"There are bombs at the following 7 specific locations, set to go off at 4PM
local time. The trash bin behind 1123 Haymarket, in a box under the steps at
904 Maple, (etc etc)"

"The Department of Homeland Security has received information indicating
an increased threat against building that have a 7 in the street address,
cars with a Q or J in the plate number, and turtles".

Which one scares more people?


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