RE: Pre-Scanning for Marketing



The controlling interest of the network has to have a inclination to secure
and maintain there network. Institutions which are concerned with the
integrity of there information, computers and networks do perform audits and
make efforts to secure and maintain the them. Other institutions only care
that the computers and network "works". They have no inclination to maintain
the networks beyond a basic connection.
The only way to change this is through the management of an institution
realizing what there computers, networks and information are worth.
In the case of pre-scanning is seen as cold calling to some and outright
criminal activity by others. The networks are still vulnerable none the
less. I think it is a bad situation for both the potential client and the
security professional.
A better way may be to find out who installed the network and offer to the
installer your services.

Ron

-----Original Message-----
From: Rapaille Maxime [mailto:Max.Rapaille@xxxxxx]
Sent: Tuesday, January 10, 2006 11:56 PM
To: Password Crackers, Inc.; pen-test@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: RE: Pre-Scanning for Marketing

Hi,

During some site survey or wireless audit, I have found some companies
(other that the current customer) having badly protected Wifi network.
And a lot of non protected at all, advertising the name of the company
or the university as SSID.
I have found myself in the same dilemna : contact or not contac them ?
I tried once, and got a 'very' negative reaction.. Never did it again
But Yes, it's very frustrating to see all those companies need our
services, and you can't help.
Perhaps, for example, if it's very critical for your country (some gov
institution or the like) you could try to contact a kind of computer
Crime unit (like we have in Belgium) and explain them the situation..
If they understand what you are speaking about they woumld probably
react, but, they won't be able to give your company's name as a
reference..
Frustrating dilemna...

Regards

Max

-----Original Message-----
From: Password Crackers, Inc. [mailto:pwcrack@xxxxxxxxxxx]
Sent: woensdag 11 januari 2006 3:43
To: pen-test@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: RE: Pre-Scanning for Marketing

Please allow me to clarify that I have NOT done anything like this, I am
not advocating it and have no plans to do so. I am aware that many
prospects would potentially view this negatively. I mentioned in my
original post that I understood this. Doing so could permanently impact
someone's reputation. So, let's all understand that we are speaking
about a hypothetical. I was interested to know if anyone had done so
previously and what the reaction was. Clearly, it appears that other
than a few free offers (I've made two of these in the past -- both with
no response), this type of approach seems to be so negatively viewed
that nobody would even attempt it.

However, doesn't anyone else view this as something of a dilemma? As a
group we are incapacitated from offering services to those who may need
them (unless we do so inefficiently) even though certainly
vulnerabilities are easily and efficiently identified. Unfortunately,
the best analogy I can come up with is ambulance chasing lawyers -- who
seem to be hated, so we probably don't want to follow their lead
professionally. Has anyone effectively resolved this dilemma in their
practice? Possibly that is how I should have phrased the original post.

Bob Weiss
Password Crackers, Inc.

-----Original Message-----
From: Clement Dupuis [mailto:cdupuis@xxxxxxxxxx]
Sent: Tuesday, January 10, 2006 8:19 PM
To: 'Password Crackers, Inc.'
Subject: RE: Pre-Scanning for Marketing

I would definitively say: DON'T

What right do you have to test my environment without me asking. What
differentiate you from any other cracker out there. You are just
another one of them as far as I am concerned.

Would you get any business this way? Probably some but very little and
not from the client your really wish to build a long term relationship
with.
Thinks of the negative publicity and the fact that someone will take you
to court for attempting to intruder on their communication means.

Overall I would definitively NOT do it

Clement

-----Original Message-----
From: Password Crackers, Inc. [mailto:pwcrack@xxxxxxxxxxx]
Sent: Tuesday, January 10, 2006 10:11 AM
To: pen-test@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: Pre-Scanning for Marketing

I am interested if anyone on the list has ever tested or implemented a
marketing program that involved pre-scanning (wired or wireless) a
prospect and then sending a letter or email describing potential
vulnerabilities and offering assistance in closing these
vulnerabilities. I have never done this because of the anticipated
negative reaction, but I am curious as to what the outcome was if anyone
else has done it. Single instances would be interesting, but I am more
curious if anyone has implemented this in a more broad-based way and has
positive and/or negative response rate statistics.

Bob Weiss
Password Crackers, Inc.


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