Full Disclosure shuts down

In a move that I'm still trying to comprehend, it appears that the Full Disclosure mailing list is closing up shop. After a run that started in 2002 the owners of the list have decided to hang up their spurs. 

This was all due to the complaints of a particular security researcher. As a result it seems that time has now run out.

From Full Disclosure:

From: John Cartwright <johnc () grok org uk>

Date: Wed, 19 Mar 2014 10:30:15 +0000

Hi

 

When Len and I created the Full-Disclosure list way back in July 2002,

we knew that we'd have our fair share of legal troubles along the way.  

We were right.  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.  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.

 

I never imagined that request might come from a researcher within the 

'community' itself (and I use that word loosely in modern times).  But 

today, having spent a fair amount of time dealing with complaints from 

a particular individual (who shall remain nameless) I realised that 

I'm done.  The list has had its fair share of trolling, flooding, 

furry porn, fake exploits and DoS attacks over the years, but none of 

those things really affected the integrity of the list itself.  

However, taking a virtual hatchet to the list archives on the whim of 

an individual just doesn't feel right.  That 'one of our own' would 

undermine the efforts of the last 12 years is really the straw that 

broke the camel's back.

 

I'm not willing to fight this fight any longer.  It's getting harder 

to operate an open forum in today's legal climate, let alone a 

security-related one.  There is no honour amongst hackers any more.  

There is no real community.  There is precious little skill.  The 

entire security game is becoming more and more regulated.  This is all 

a sign of things to come, and a reflection on the sad state of an 

industry that should never have become an industry.

 

I'm suspending service indefinitely.  Thanks for playing.

 

Cheers

- John

If this does turn out to be accurate it is a sad day for the security community.

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