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Date: Thu, 24 Jan 2013 12:34:44 -0500
To: Benjamin Kreuter <>
Subject: Re: Student expelled from Montreal college after
	finding vulnerability that compromised security of 250, 000

On Thu, 24 Jan 2013 10:16:29 -0500, Benjamin Kreuter said:

> There is also the matter of the school itself.  They were presented
> with a student who had found a vulnerability, reported it, and then
> checked to see if there were still problems.  Does expulsion really
> sound like a reasonable punishment to you?  Does any punishment seem in
> order, given that the student made no attempt to maliciously exploit
> his discoveries?  It seems to me that a much better approach would have
> been to offer the student a chance to present the vulnerability in a
> computer security class.  The school's mission is, theoretically, to
> teach its students -- why, then, would they remove from the student
> body someone who could do just that?

I've seen reference to a few more details on this - namely:

1) The kid, as part of his major, signed an ethics document.
2) He was either told or agreed to not run the scanner again.
3) He did so anyhow.

and that he didn't get kicked out because he ran the scanner, but
because he did so *in violation of the ethics standard*.

I'll probably have to go back and find references for all that - but
even without that, it's something to think about.  If somebody
agrees not to do something, and then does it anyhow, is he *trustworthy*
enough for a degree in that field?

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