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Re: go public to avoid jail
From: J Roger <securityhocus () gmail com>
Date: Mon, 3 May 2010 09:31:15 -0700

So Mr. Watt got 2 years simply because he was aware of the ongoing crimes
and did not report them to the authorities? According to Wikipedia (if I
read it on the Internets, it must be true) "misprision of a felony" requires
active concealment of a felony rather than merely failing to report it. Was
the prosecutor able to prove that The_UT actively concealed Gonzales crimes?


Even if he was aware the tool he wrote was being used for illegal
activities, releasing it to the public would be a damn good step towards
keeping him out of jail. Does Fyodor have to report everyone he's made aware
of that scans something with nmap without having the proper authorization
first?


JRoger


On Mon, May 3, 2010 at 2:01 AM, PsychoBilly <zpamh0l3 () gmail com> wrote:

The_UT went to jail because his Gonzales m8 kindly supplied irc logs of
their chats to the fed // not for coding a tool.
The jury recused the "not knowing" defense strategy on that base.

[[   J Roger   ]] possibly emitted, @Time [[   28/04/2010 00:48   ]] The
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jail.

According to the following (dated) Wired article,
http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2009/12/stephen-watt/ Stephen Watt got
screwed because he supplied his friend with a software tool he wrote and
his friend used it to commit a crime.

Had Stephen released his tool to the public (with as much or as little
fanfare as he liked) would he still have gone to jail?

He could make a good argument for legitimate uses of his tool as well.
It would be useful for anyone performing a PCI penetration test in
compliance with PCI DSS 11.3

Remember kids, sharing is caring (that you not spend the next 2 years in
federal prison)



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