FrSIRT Starts Charging for OTHER Peoples Work (Exploits)


Is it ethical or even legal to charge for other peoples work?

As far as I know France seems have some pretty strong (and weird) copyright laws.

And yes, they are blaming French Laws prohibiting full disclosure.

In conformity with applicable French laws prohibiting Full-disclosure, the FrSIRT will no longer distribute exploits and PoCs on its public web site. Public exploits section has thus been definitively closed.

Nothing to do with making money I’m sure.

Classic bait and switch eh, collect all the info from the public domain, get everyone pointing to your service, then start charging for it.

FrSIRT is an independent organisation providing real-time threat monitoring and alerting services. FrSIRT works 24x7x365 to monitor, review, and analyze new vulnerabilities, threats and exploits to offer a unique vulnerability notification service allowing system, network, and security professionals to keep track of the latest security threats.

Available since 2003, FrSIRT Vulnerability Notification Service (FrSIRT VNSâ„¢) is a web-based security alerting service, providing real-time information to customers about information security threats and IT product vulnerabilities that affect the entire corporate information technology domain. FrSIRT VNSâ„¢ alerts are delivered through a continually updated Web portal, XML feeds and email subscriptions.

Ah how we LOVE branding. You can see the scam prices here.

I’ll be removing links on all my sites to FrSIRT and will start recommending Security Forest instead.

I mean I had a feeling it might happen when they rebranded from K-Otik (The hackers friend with a h4x0r name) to FrSIRT, a more professional bunch with a corporate looking site.

But essentially they are still just collecting exploits from mailing lists and hosting them on a website, big deal eh?

Oh well let them, if people pay to get what they can get elsewhere, or from Google cache, more fool them.

Any other good resources to recommend?

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5 Responses to FrSIRT Starts Charging for OTHER Peoples Work (Exploits)

  1. backbone March 20, 2006 at 10:30 am #

    for new exploits & vulnerabilities you can always check securityFocus (my favorite)… also for network tools (mostly for UNIX) i recomend packetStormSecurity

  2. Haydies March 20, 2006 at 11:18 am #

    Its the information age, we have freedom of information, but now the information is no longer free.

    Knowlage has always driven people, its a currency of its own but less and less it matters what you know as to how well you can google. If some ones done if before, why do it your self?

    Half the IT industry would suddenly find them selfs out of their depth if google went down :-)

  3. Navaho Gunleg March 20, 2006 at 4:03 pm #

    Half the IT industry would suddenly find them selfs out of their depth if google went down

    Yeh, recently our ISP at work had some network-issues — then you see how you have come to depend on good search engines. :)

  4. st3f March 27, 2006 at 8:02 am #

    Do not forget about milw0rm, great site for exploits.

  5. Darknet March 27, 2006 at 8:11 am #

    st3f: Yah I’ll write about alternatives to FrSIRT soon, I’ve already drafted the article, milw0rm is of course there :)