Re: ethics of listing proxy service

From: Henrik Nordstrom <>
Date: Thu, 14 Jan 1999 19:11:55 +0100

Duane Wessels wrote:

> >What do people think of the ethics of publishing apparantly public
> >services on well-known ports? I thought it might be compared to
> >a search engine testing port 80, but my correspondant thinks it's more
> >like testing port 25 for mail relay. I think it's rude; he thinks it's
> >abuse.
> I think its fine if you list it initially, but if they ask to be
> taken off the list, then it should be taken off.

I think the site maintainers should first be asked if this is
intentional. Many times this is an unintentional security flaw in their
setups. It is sort of like publishing a list of people known to leave
their car unlocked, inviting people to "borrow" those cars.

I also think that very few wants unknown/unrelated people to use their
proxy servers. It makes no economic sense what so ever (except if you
are promoting the software used).

Henrik Nordstrom
Received on Thu Jan 14 1999 - 11:14:20 MST

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