If you are interested in or work in information security and use Twitter I’m sure you will be aware that plagiarism in information security is a hot topic at the moment. I wanted to write this blog post to make sure as many people as possible knew about the plagiarism fight Peter Van Eeckhoutte is in the middle of right now and how you might be able to support him.
Peter has been trying to fight this since September 2010 in private without much success so I’m glad it was made public on the plagiarism section of attrition.org recently. Peter has also commented on this on his blog. The Infosec Institute had been selling a course which included a lab-book. A student read the lab-book and realised that it was almost a complete copy of the Corelan tutorials which were (and still are) published for free on the Corelan website.
If you want to know more about the fight Peter is having with the Infosec Institute check out the links I’ve included in the previous paragraph.
I have a lot of respect for Peter as a star in our community. As someone who has used his tutorials and had the pleasure of seeing him speak at a conference I think Peter deserves the support of our community. I hope some of you will support him as well if you can. He has paid over $10,000 in legal costs from his own pocket so far and he is now asking for donations so he can continue fighting this. I’ve personally made a small donation and I hope you will be able to do the same. In the past two days two large donations have been made by Backtrack DE and BruCON but Peter still needs more donations so if you can spare any amount of £/$/€ please consider making a donation.
Why do I think we should all support Peter? I’m proud to be part of a community where I think our most useful and innovative findings, content and tools are often produced by people in their spare time. These people invest hours, weeks and months of their own time to produce the things we all probably use to make our jobs easier without asking for a penny in return. I know how they feel because I feel the same with the content on this website and Agnitio. We want to make things more secure and will give our content and tools away for free but that doesn’t mean we are going to sit back and let people and companies plagiarise our work.
If we don’t fight back as a community against those people and companies who plagiarise our work today it could be your work being plagiarised tomorrow.