Why the Windows Vista hacker tried to sell Fujitsu U810 on eBay

When Shane Macaulay tried to sell the Fujitsu U810 laptop he won in a hacking contest last week, it seemed almost like an April Fool's joke.He said that a top quality hacker could probably examine the machine's hard drive and dig up the unpatched zero-day exploit code he had used to compromise the computer in […]

When Shane Macaulay tried to sell the Fujitsu U810 laptop he won in a hacking contest last week, it seemed almost like an April Fool's joke.

He said that a top quality hacker could probably examine the machine's hard drive and dig up the unpatched zero-day exploit code he had used to compromise the computer in the PWN 2 OWN contest that he'd just won. "This laptop is a good case study for any forensics group/company/individual that wants to prove how cool they are, and a live example, not canned of what a typical incident responce sitchiation [sic] would look like," he wrote in his listing.

At first blush, this seemed like a clear violation of both the rules of the contest's sponsor, TippingPoint, and of eBay's terms of service, and his listing was pulled within hours by eBay staff. The company said it had to go because it could have harmed users.

But Macaulay says that was never his intent[...]

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