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Missouri governor threatens reporter who discovered state site spilling private info

4 days ago   |   By The Verge

Illustrator by Alex Castro / The Verge
Missouri Governor Mike Parson is threatening legal action against a reporter and newspaper that found and responsibly disclosed a security vulnerability that left teacher and educational staffs' social security numbers exposed and easily accessible.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that it notified the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education that one of its tools was returning HTML pages that contained employee SSNs, potentially putting the information of over 100,000 employees at risk. Despite the fact that the outlet waited...
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Missouri governor threatens to prosecute journalist for sharing web security flaw

Missouri governor threatens to prosecute journalist for sharing web security flaw

4 days ago   |   By Engadget

Missouri Governor Mike Parson might want to read up on the differences between disclosing and exploiting security flaws. According to The Missouri Independent , Parson accused a St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter of being a "hacker" for having the audacity to... report security holes. The journalist disclosed a Department of Elementary and Secondary Education web app flaw that let anyone see over 100,000 teachers' Social Security numbers in site source code, and Parson interpreted this as a "political game" meant to "embarrass the state" - that is, a malicious hack. The governor has already...
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