Sincere Praise and thanks to American Teenagers.

Sincere Praise and thanks to American Teenagers

Only the teenager is idealistic about the world. Their brains won’t mature until 25 years old. That is why they start all the great revolutions. Governments, Banks and Politicians have good reason to be afraid.
Teenage Daughter of Google Chief Spills The True Story on North Korea Visit: Puts to Shame Free Press, Dad, and U.S. Government
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“Ms Schmidt did a stellar job in representing her country and the new information age, not to mention teenagers everywhere. And she put to shame the head of the world’s most powerful technology entity, represented by her dad, the U.S. government politicians, represented by Bill Richardson, and the Free Press, represented by the Associated Press, all of whom didn’t have the sense, integrity, and honesty to just cut to the chase and get to the nut of the matter. If their was a combination Pulitzer prize for citizen journalists, Sophie Schmidt has my nomination.”
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Youth expelled from Montreal college after finding “sloppy coding” that compromised security of 250, 000 students personal data.

Same old story, complete with the customary vacuous denial-by-assertion:
“We acted immediately to fix the problem, and were able to do so before anyone could use it to access private information.”
1. Taza from Skytech denies he threatened Al Khabaz, and said that he’d told him that discovering vulns was fine, but pentesting their systems uninvited to see whether the vulns were fixed or not wasn’t legal.
2. The school seems to have separately decided to expel him, with 14 out of 15 professors  voting to expel, though without giving him a hearing first.
Ahmed Al-Khabaz expelled from Dawson College after finding security flaw | Canada | News | National Post
A student has been expelled from Montreal’s Dawson College after he discovered a flaw in the computer system used by most Quebec CEGEPs (General and Vocational Colleges), one which compromised the security of over 250,000 students’ personal information.
Ahmed Al-Khabaz, a 20-year-old computer science student at Dawson and a member of the school’s software development club, was working on a mobile app to allow students easier access to their college account when he and a colleague discovered what he describes as “sloppy coding” in the widely used Omnivox software which would allow “anyone with a basic knowledge of computers to gain access to the personal information of any student in the system, including social insurance number, home address and phone number, class schedule, basically all the information the college has on a student.”
“I saw a flaw which left the personal information of thousands of students, including myself, vulnerable,” said Mr. Al-Khabaz. “I felt I had a moral duty to bring it to the attention of the college and help to fix it, which I did. I could have easily hidden my identity behind a proxy. I chose not to because I didn’t think I was doing anything wrong.”
I felt I had a moral duty to bring it to the attention of the college.

The Internet Archive now has an Aaron Swartz archive: