May There Be More Paul Watsons in the World

By Deane Barker on April 24, 2004

Tech sleuth tracked down Net flaw just for the `thrill’: A good article about Paul Watson, the guy who identified the TCP vulnerability. He’s a peach of a guy, it turns out. After he discovered the problem, he didn’t try to make a buck or cash in on some instant fame:

Watson sent his findings to Cisco, the world’s biggest seller of Internet routers. Early this year, the San Jose company turned it over to the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (CERT) and then to Britain’s National Infrastructure Security Co-ordination Centre.

From there, computer equipment makers and Internet service providers were warned about the vulnerability.

May there be more people like him.