Sources: National Post, CBC
quote: This type of software should never be used without prior permission of the system administrator, because it can cause a system to crash.
quote: If one individual can, from one computer, running a publicly accessible tool kit (Acunetix) crash your system then your system should not be on the internet.
quote: Certain vulnerability can in fact crash a server.
quote: And yes, with that simple 3 years degree, you can make a pretty good living in the field.
quote: Sorry, but I don't believe he could be as stupid as that.
quote: they expelled him for what was obviously an innocent check.
quote: Read the article then read the letter.
quote: When he found the vulnerability and reported it he was thanked and set on his way! Two days later, too short of a time to realistically expect a fix, he ran a security scanner against their system to 'verify that the issue was fixed'. That is when things went south and for good reason. Think. He was no longer messing around with the API, he was now poking at a known vulnerability. He was scanning the entire system for weaknesses. There are practical reason's that those scanners aren't run routinely, namely that they can cause massive and unpredictable problems with the system even if it's totally secure.