MySpace... The Social Network For Extortion Scammers

from the how-many-make-a-trend? dept

There's just something about MySpace that seems to bring out the criminal element in some people. Way back before MySpace was even that well known, someone was arrested for trying to blackmail MySpace into giving him a job, or he would reveal to everyone on MySpace how to spam everyone else at MySpace. That guy ended up going to jail, but apparently some of the other kids out there didn't quite get the message. Two teenagers apparently broke into the MySpace back end and stole some personal info of users. When MySpace realized this and kicked them out, they threatened to reveal how they hacked into MySpace... unless MySpace paid them $150,000. Of course, that's called extortion, which is exactly the charge the two kids will be facing in court following their arrest last week. Of course, it's this kind of case that makes life so difficult for legitimate security researchers who are trying to help by finding vulnerabilities. Too many of the people poking around really do have malicious intent.
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    Patrick Mullen, 25 May 2006 @ 6:50am

    In terms of reporting vulnerabilities the second poster did it right. I think there is a difference between finding a problem and reporting it to the owner and finding a problem and running to the media.

    If its reported to the site or owner and they do nothing, then contacting the media or issuing a press release is fine, but doing so without contacting the owner is just wrong.

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