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He alleges Smith subsequently threatened and belittled him, which caused him to publish his findings within a few days rather than give Smith 30 days to patch the problem.Smith contends the mobile apps were just prototypes and contests Inter N0T's findings. The kerfuffle over the security vulnerabilities and Smith's reactions drew more attention, including from Jake Williams.Violations can be punished by up to two years in prison.
Since August, Smith has applied for Personal Safety Intervention Orders in the state of Victoria against three men, two of whom actively work in cybersecurity roles and the other a network administrator who dabbles in IT security.
What started as robust debates over social media among computer security professionals has turned into a drawn-out, bitter battle that has found its way into Australian courts.
The disputes highlight how those who foresake polite debate for legal battles may find themselves being called to account. At the center of this particular conflict is Simon Smith, who runs a computer forensics consultancy based in Melbourne called e Vestigator.
He says a group, which he terms "criminals," has sought to belittle him and damage his reputation.
"I have a right to defend myself," Smith tells Information Security Media Group. It's immature and disgusting." Social media can be a confrontational medium in information security, says Nick Carr, senior manager for security consulting and incident response for Fire Eye's Mandiant forensics unit.But fighting an order typically means retaining a lawyer.