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Security Researcher Gets Police Grilling for Reporting Vulnerability

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Australian researcher Patrick Webster got a visit from the police after notifying the First State Super pension fund of a significant security vulnerability in its Web site.

"After informing the organization of the error, he received a thank you note in which his efforts seemed to be appreciated," Softpedia's Eduard Kovacs. "As it later turned out, the firm informed law enforcement officials of the good deed, which sort of looked at him as a potential hacker."

"That's how he found himself questioned by local police who soon after the incident knocked on his door," Kovacs writes. "'"They said it was about downloading files from First State Super. They said they didn't really understand it. They were the local Police,' Webster revealed."

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