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Prominent security mailing list Full Disclosure shuts down indefinitely

The administrator says he had enough after a member of the hacker community tried to pressure him to remove unspecified content

The popular Full-Disclosure mailing list that has served as a public discussion forum for vulnerability researchers for the past 12 years was suspended indefinitely by its maintainer.

In an announcement posted Wednesday on the list, John Cartwright, the list's co-founder and administrator, said that a recent content removal request from a security researcher prompted his decision to suspend the service indefinitely. However, his disappointment with the security research community as a whole also played a role in the decision.

"To date we've had all sorts of requests to delete things, requests not to delete things, and a variety of legal threats both valid or otherwise," Cartwright said, noting that he expected this to happen when he decided to create the list in July 2002. "However, I always assumed that the turning point would be a sweeping request for large-scale deletion of information that some vendor or other had taken exception to."

 

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The Full Disclosure security mailing list is reborn

Nmap creator sets up a replacement for the recently closed Full Disclosure security mailing list.

The recently closed Full Disclosure security mailing list, which served as an open discussion forum for security researchers since 2002, was replaced Tuesday with a new list that will serve the same purpose, but will require former members to resubscribe.

The new list will continue to be called Full Disclosure, but will be managed by Gordon Lyon, a well-known network security expert and creator of the popular Nmap security scanner. Lyon is known in the security community by his online handle Fyodor.

 

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