[Governance] Gossip from Josh Sokol

Christian Heinrich christian.heinrich at cmlh.id.au
Sat Jun 21 09:25:59 UTC 2014


Can you please forward my response to the OWASP Board in relation to

Josh Sokol spoke to both Chris Gatford and Serg Belokamen about Australia.

I'll quote two tweets when I presented at OWASP Sydney in April 2010 (just
before I received the first e-mail that would cause OWASPGAte i.e.

https://twitter.com/chrisgatford/status/12505560435 - "*#owasp
<https://twitter.com/hashtag/owasp?src=hash> Sydney big numbers tonight!*"
https://twitter.com/chrisgatford/status/12508436364 - "@*deathflu at a
guess 30 ish not bad numbers format was good as was venue."*

Therefore the claim by Josh Sokol that "*I've been told that his actions in
the OWASP Australia Chapters has actually made it so that people will not
show up if they know he will be there.*" is *completely false and

I see that Serg Belokamen from the OWASP Melbourne Chapter has decided to
highlight the recent controversy related to OWASP Flagship Project to is
twitter followers i.e.
https://twitter.com/sergicles/status/478736430600974336 just as he
https://www.owasp.org/index.php/OWASP_Inquiries/Google_Hacking_Project to
attack me i.e. https://twitter.com/sergicles/status/17824810096 "*Chatter
on OWASP leaders mailing list has put the final nail in Google Hacking
project and forbids presentations on the topic. LoLzZz pw4nd.*"

BTW, @sergicles is a play on words of the male anatomy and Serg.

I don't promote OWASP on Twitter anymore after Sarah Baso had me removed as
speaker from AppSec Asia in 2012 as I have relocated to WASC. If I had a
negative view against OWASP then Justin Derry would not have sought me out
as a speaker.

Therefore the claim by Josh Sokol that "*Christian has made comments
against OWASP on his personal Twitter account*" is *completely false and

Can Josh outline how he consider the reference about me from Chris Gatford
and Serg Belokamen who have undermined OWASP in Australia on several well
known occasions to be reliable referees?

I have more content to add to this e-mail and will do so from 28 June 2014.

Christian Heinrich
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