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ethical/legal consideration when redirecting

A webcrawler has bought our site down twice, it ignores our robots.txt and we have had no reply from their customer services or support using both e-mail and twitter. I have had to create url ...
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Can my employer force me to backup my personal machine? [closed]

Here's the background: Approximately 1.25 years ago, the company I work for was acquired by a larger 400 person company. Before acquisition (and today still) we are all remote employees using our ...
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Should I keep my ex-employer's data?

Following my brief reign as System Monkey, I am now faced with a dilemma: I did successfully create a backup and a test VM, both on my laptop, as no computer at work had enough free disk space. I ...
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Host's sys admins - can they view files?

Just a quick question. When using shared hosting, can system admins (employed by the host) access your files and read your database connectionstring details? Can they also access your database, and ...
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Ethics and Windows License Stickers [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can you help me with my software licensing question? I've come by some older laptops and want to re-install windows on them. (See my related question on an easy way to ...
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An honest security ethics nondisclosure question I need help with

Three years ago I did a security audit for a large ecommerce website. When the audit was performed, I found several severe security issues that allow for access to data that should not be accessible ...
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Is it ethical to hack real systems? [closed]

Is it ethical to hack real systems owned by someone else? Not for profit, but to test your security knowledge and learn something new. I talk only about hacks, which does not make any damage to ...
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What is the most ethically or morally questionable sysadmin task you have been given?

In the recent past I was asked to set up a reporting facility for upper management so they can spy on what web sites users are visiting. This was done without any notice given to users. Unfortunately, ...