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Is this worth monetising or is it not worth the grief.

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by social engineer, Aug 28, 2012.

  1. social engineer

    social engineer Regular Member

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    Working with a client, he has historic records of a large multinational company, all legally obtained. and court ruling in his favor.

    having delved through records I have found proof that said multinational was complicit and active in breaking trade embargo's in the 1980's.

    I'm not going to mention the company for obvious reason.

    Is it worth releasing this info in a press release or not worth the grief.

    My gut feeling tells me that its a bad idea as it could loose the company millions and they will want a whipping boy for it.

    should i just forget about it?

    anyone had any experience in this field?
     
  2. innocent_kid

    innocent_kid Power Member

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    i wud say mail company regarding it and ask for money inreturn of keeping mouth shut :p
     
  3. social engineer

    social engineer Regular Member

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    Black mail is about the worst thing you could do
     
  4. havingadabble

    havingadabble Regular Member

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    I don't know if trying to blackmail a multinational that broke trade embargoes is the right why to go TBH. After all when you're breaking an embargo you're normally dealing with some fairly nasty individuals to say the least.

    You rattle the cage loud enough and it might not be long before multinational X gets on the phone to embargoed country and asks for a bit of support, then bye bye social engineer.

    Of course you could just go straight down the wiki-leaks route and make the whole thing public from the get go but prepare yourself to fight some extradition proceedings to a third world country for sex crimes.

    Remember, karma's a bitch!
     
  5. social engineer

    social engineer Regular Member

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    Pretty much what i was thinking, though the embargo in question was apartheid south africa.

    Which kinda makes said multi national look even worse
     
  6. ButcherPete

    ButcherPete Regular Member

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    If you can't collect the money anonymously, I'd say it's not safe to blackmail the company. Like havingadabble said, that would make you a big target. But if this company did truly immoral things, I think the public deserves to know about it.

    If I were in your situation, I'd make several copies of all the documents you have, and anonymously mail it to WikiLeaks and as many local news stations as you have time for. Wear gloves when you handle the envelopes, stamps, and papers (no finerprints) Put a fake return address on it, and drop it in a public mailbox in the middle of the night.
     
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    social engineer Regular Member

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    because of court ruling multinational will instantly know where the evidence comes from.

    its a difficult one. I think its a case of releasing it with a whiter then white background otherwise im in trouble.
     
  8. ButcherPete

    ButcherPete Regular Member

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    Maybe you could write a fake letter claiming to be a whistleblower from within that company, and you feel that what the company did is wrong, and you feel that this information needs to be released.
     
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    t0.sh Registered Member

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    Honestly, it's not a question of whether it's worth it. Why would it be worth it? What would you get out of this? Like you said, blackmail is the worst thing you can possibly do. You have to make this decision based on what you think is right. Do you think that by releasing this information you'd be able to make the world a little better? Do you believe that this company deserves to lose millions and/or possibly be put out of business for breaking these rules and hiding the evidence for so long? If the company is indeed in the wrong and you release the information anonymously then I'd expect that it would be unlikely for any backlash to be projected onto you.
     
  10. N1CHOLAS

    N1CHOLAS Regular Member

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    That's against the law...
     
  11. JimmyWong

    JimmyWong Registered Member

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    Whatever you do - don't send the documents to Adrian Lamo.
     
  12. Black.Star

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    Yolo!