[Owasp-board] Matt Harrigan and The Conservative Gateway

Andrew van der Stock vanderaj at owasp.org
Mon Nov 14 23:34:48 UTC 2016


Good work, all. Not a great position to be in, but I'm proud that we were
able to respond in a timely fashion to this unacceptable incident.

thanks,
Andrew

On Tue, Nov 15, 2016 at 9:44 AM Tiffany Long <tiffany.long at owasp.org> wrote:

> Hello everyone,
>
> All we currently know about Mr. Harrigan's association with OWASP is that
> he lists himself as having been on the 209-2011 BoD for San Diego.  Because
> OWASP does not currently track the boards for each chapter due to the fact
> that they are informal association under the foundation's structure, we
> cannot without a doubt deny that he ever had association with us.  If we
> were to try to say this only to be proven wrong it would look quite poorly
> on OWASP.
>
> We have publicly noted that he is not associated with us currently and
> requested that the blog correct it's article. As other sites quoting that
> portion of the article are brought to our attn via reference or google
> alerts we can reach out to them.
>
> We have posted to our blog about the situation and shared that on our
> social media.  Currently I am writing an email to note that information to
> be sent to any cases regarding this situation.
>
> I think it best that we keep a calm and informative front to the community
> and world at large so that we may project confidence in our word and
> brand.  If we do wish to bring Perlman and Perlman in to the conversation,
> they would largely only be able to help us with the blogger.  If you feel
> that this behavior warrants a possible law suit then I stand behind you,
> but if it is going to blow over quickly now that we are responding then
> further activity right at this moment might just drive more attention.
> Best,
> Tiffany
>
> Tiffany Long
> Community Manager
>
> On Mon, Nov 14, 2016 at 2:12 PM, Kelly Santalucia <
> kelly.santalucia at owasp.org> wrote:
>
> Many of the cases state that people will no longer associated themselves
> with OWASP because of this guy...we cant afford to lose valuable members,
> sponsors, volunteers and contributors.
>
> On Mon, Nov 14, 2016 at 5:11 PM, Kelly Santalucia <
> kelly.santalucia at owasp.org> wrote:
>
> There are so many cases in SF about this....Its going to be on the news, I
> am sure tonight.
>
> I think we also need to have something on the top of our home page about
> this and how is not involved with OWASP at ALL!
>
> On Mon, Nov 14, 2016 at 5:04 PM, Kate Hartmann <kate.hartmann at owasp.org>
> wrote:
>
> I believe that OWASP needs to make a public statement disassociating
> itself, as an organization, from this person and this post.
>
> I'd be happy to bring in Perlman for consultation as suggested by Matt
> Konda.
>
> Kate
>
>
> On Mon, Nov 14, 2016 at 4:49 PM, Tiffany Long <tiffany.long at owasp.org>
> wrote:
>
> Dear Board,
>
> Over the weekend the CEO of PacketSled, Matt Harrigan, lived out a graphic
> fantasy of assassinating President-elect Trump on Twitter.  Later a
> conservative blog listed him as a board member of OWASP due to the fact
> that he lists his time on the OWASP-San Diego board (2009-20011) as a past
> position.
>
> Since that time I have
>
>    - Requested that the author and publisher (Jim Hoft and The
>    Conservative Gateway) retract the association.  Mr. Hoft removed the
>    information but did not retract it.
>    - Responded individually to concerns raised on twitter.
>    - Written a blog post to answer the questions coming in about this:
>    http://owasp.blogspot.com/2016/11/statement-on-matt-harrigan-and-gateway.html
>    - Shared the Blog Post to Twitter and FB.
>
> We have also received requests from the contact us form.  I am responding
> to them with a redirect to the blog post.
>
> Unfortunately we have received one death threat directed at Mr. Harrigan.
> I have reported this threat to PacketSled and the SFPD.
>
> Should this situation continue to develop I will update via this thread.
>
> Best,
>
> Tiffany Long
> Community Manager
>
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