Dan Harrington <da...@tudan.net> wrote in message
Furthermore, Jonathan stated that he didn't "break into" your
system - you left phpMyAdmin *wide* open, which is frankly
asking for trouble. Imagine how much fun you'd have had if
someone with *malicious* intent had found it.
--in the physical world, if a door is left unlocked, even ajar a couple
inches, the physical act of pushing the door open so that one can enter
the door is defined as "breaking and entering".
"Harmlessly" pushing an unlocked door open, and walking in and writing on
a whiteboard "Gangstaboy was here" is just as much of a crime as
unauthorizedly logging into a machine, no matter how "wide open" it is,
even if "harm" is not done.
I will freely admit I have seen and peeked into "wide open" websites in the
past, either through server misconfiguration or faulty scripts. But I have
never gone much further than maybe figuring out what was wrong and sending
an email to the owner. Most people are pretty receptive if you just send
them a kindly worded email.