[Esapi-user] OWASP Leadership/Occupy Wall Street

Jeffrey Walton noloader at gmail.com
Sun Oct 16 19:30:29 EDT 2011

I'm very concerned that Thomas Ryan sits on the OWASP board. I clearly
don't condone spying on private citizens, [illegally?] accessing mail
servers, and participating in smear campaigns. Is this the sort of
leadership the project wants?

"Meet the Guy Who Snitched on Occupy Wall Street to the FBI and NYPD",

    Since the Occupy Wall Street protest began on
    September 17, New York security consultant
    Thomas Ryan has been waging a campaign to
    infiltrate and discredit the movement.

    As part of their intelligence-gathering operation,
    the [Ryan's] group gained access to a listserv used
    by Occupy Wall Street organizers called
    September17discuss... On Friday, Ryan leaked
    thousands of September17discuss emails to
    conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart, who is now
    using them to try to smear Occupy Wall Street as
    an anarchist conspiracy to disrupt global markets.

    Interestingly, it was Ryan who revealed himself as a snitch.
    We learned of these emails from the archive Ryan leaked
    yesterday in the hopes of undermining the Occupy Wall
    Street movement. In assembling the archive of
    September17discuss emails, it appears he accidentally
    included some of his own forwarded emails indicating he
    was ratting out organizers.

    Ryan said he knows Loyd through their mutual involvement
    in the Open Web Application Security Project, a non-profit
    computer security group of which Ryan is a board member.

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