[Esapi-user] [Esapi-dev] OWASP Leadership/Occupy Wall Street

Jason Li jason.li at owasp.org
Sun Oct 16 19:47:08 EDT 2011


I certainly understand the concern, but Thomas Ryan is not on the Board of


On Sun, Oct 16, 2011 at 7:30 PM, Jeffrey Walton <noloader at gmail.com> wrote:

> 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",
> http://gawker.com/5850054/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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