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Tuesday, 13 April 2021 10:08

Accenture Security pledges to revive Bugtraq mailing list

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The company that owns the Bugtraq security mailing list, an institution in the security industry, has pledged to revive it as "an asset to the community".

Shawn Duffy, the global lead for Advanced Attack and Readiness Operations at Accenture Security, said in a post in February, "we are working to stabilise the platform and return it to healthy operations. As such, there may be a few brief interruptions".

"We will be implementing some changes and improvements so that it can regain its status as the valuable asset that many of us have to come enjoy."

Accenture Security's willingness to keep the list alive was mentioned in a post by Brian Martin aka Jericho, a long-time fixture in the security community and one of the two people who maintained a site known as Cyber Squirrel which used to debunk the myths spread about so-called cyber-war.

Martin is a close associate of Richard Forno, a well-known figure in the American information security industry.

According to Martin, the site was bought by Symantec when it acquired the SecurityFocus website in 2002. Symantec was then acquired by Broadcom in November 2019. Accenture bought Symantec from Broadcom in April last year; it is a company better known for management consulting rather than security.

Martin tweeted that Bugtraq was shutting down on 15 January, pointing out that it had been around for 9933 days or 27 years two months and 10 days.

Prior to that, he said he had contacted SecurityFocus and Symantec in December 2019, after seeing the last post on the list was dated 26 July 2019, but failed to make contact and tweeted about his effort.

Martin then said someone noticed his tweet and made contact with him, saying there was a discussion going on about the list.

He said he had written about the background of Bugtraq to remind people of what a precious resource it had been right from the early 1990s.

"InfoSec is full of heroes that work behind the scenes, fighting the good fight, and trying to make things a bit better. They deserve more recognition than they get. This is just one example of that. So thank you, so much, for your work in helping keep the historic list alive," he said.

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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