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Re: [Full-disclosure] Media backlash begins against HD Moore and I)ruid

From: n3td3v <xploitable_at_nospam>
Date: Tue Aug 05 2008 - 19:36:12 GMT
To: full-disclosure@lists.grok.org.uk

On Tue, Aug 5, 2008 at 7:57 PM, <Valdis.Kletnieks@vt.edu> wrote:
> On Tue, 05 Aug 2008 18:40:32 BST, n3td3v said:
>> Are you suggesting HD Moore had prior knowledge that the Austin Texas
>> AT&T servers were vulnerable?
> No - simply saying that either they were vulnerable, or they weren't. If
> they weren't vulnerable, HD didn't have to do anything. And even if they
> *were*, somebody would still have to actually *attack* them.
> And even if they *got* attacked, it's quite possible that the upsides of not
> bothering to do something outweighed the risks. If you estimate that the
> cost (including "things you could have spent your time doing") is more than
> the losses, why bother? "Even if we *got* whacked, we'd lose maybe $500. But
> in the time I'd waste dealing with the issue, I could generate something that
> will get us $2,000 in revenue. So if I fix it, I lose $1500, and if I ignore
> it, I come out $1,500 ahead if we get hit, and $2,000 if we don't".

Is what you're describing not against the law Valdis, it sure sounds like it to me. Some kind of gross negligence...

http://legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/Gross+negligence http://legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/negligence

Is this what goes on at Virginia Tech on a regular basis? Maybe the authorities should be looking into you a lot more while they are looking into HD Moore. ;)

I wonder if the the intelligence services thought like you before 9/11 and 7/7 eh...I get the feeling they did.

For sure people like you who support this kind of activity should be investigated. It sounds criminal.

Have you ever carried out this kind of activity Valdis where you put security and people at risk to make and/or save money?

If cyber-terrorism is going to become a real threat, we don't need people like Valdis around and we should sure keep track of him.

Would you allow a cyber-9-11 to happen Valdis if there was money involved? I'm starting to become worried about you dude, maybe I should be e-mailing the folks at Virginia Tech this thread, and perhaps, just perhaps the F.B.I and see what they think about what you've just told me.

You seem to be normalizing what you've just described to me as normal run-of-the-mill legal activity, when it clearly isn't.

To me what you've just described is illegal, criminal and wrong.

All the best,


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