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Reporter likely to be charged for using “view source” feature on web browser

Reporter likely to be charged for using "view source" feature on web browser
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a St. Louis Post-Dispatch A reporter who viewed the HTML source of the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education website is now likely to be prosecuted for computer tampering, says Missouri Governor Mike Parson.

All web browsers have a “View Source” menu item that lets you see the HTML code of the web page you’re viewing.

The reporter discovered that the site’s source code contained Social Security numbers for teachers. The reporter alerted the state about social security numbers. After the country has removed the numbers from the web page, the . file after sending I reported the vulnerability.

Soon after, Governor Parson, “who often tangled with the media over reports he did not like, announced a criminal investigation of the reporter and after sending. “

“If someone chooses to lock your home — for whatever reason, it’s not a good lock, it’s a cheap lock or whatever problem you might have — they have no right to go into your home and take anything that belongs to you,” Parsons said in a statement.

hanging on after sending The story offers a more apt analogy:

The best analogy is that you are walking down the street in front of a neighbor’s house and you notice their front door is wide open with no one around. You can see your wallet and car keys near the door. You can call this neighbor and tell him that his door is open and his bag and keys are easily visible from the street. Will Parsons consider this break and entry?

From after sending:

[A] State cybersecurity specialist Sandra Karsten, director of the Department of Public Safety, reported that an FBI agent said the incident was “not an actual network intrusion.”

Instead, the specialist wrote, the FBI agent said the state’s database was “misconfigured,” which “allowed the use of open source tools to query data that shouldn’t be public.”

“These documents show that there was no network intrusion,” Ian Caso, president and publisher of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, said this month. “As DESE initially acknowledged, the reporter should have been thanked for the responsible manner in which he handled the matter and not punished or investigated as a hacker.”

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