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Re: Pentester Convicted
From: bart () packetjunkie com
Date: Thu, 11 May 2006 04:02:42 -0700

While I would love to see nothing more than for the public to recognize
that what this guy did was most likely of good intention, you have to
sit back and look at the big picture.

Testing an exploit on a University's server without explicit consent
from the University is illegal.  Plain and simple.  I don't care what
your intentions are.  That is why we have Rules of Engagements and Get
Out of Jail Free cards in this business.  For this guy to ignore those
rules, that tells me he is either not a professional, or his intentions
may have been tainted by his curiosity.

As a professional, one should understand the legalities of doing things
like this.  I know personally, I would never try to do anything without
consent, especially after reading such stories as this.

This is probably the result of some overzealous incident response person
at the University working as an intern and not knowing fully what took
place.  But, the fact of the matter is, this gentleman did not handle
himself the way he should have.


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