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A post I made about .gov.uk domains got picked up by New Scientist, Here is the article...Published today.


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+John Teacake

The idea came from a few weeks ago after a conversion on a Friday afternoon with a colleague. To say that I am passionate about this kind of stuff is an understatement. The motivation stems from a deep rooted personal interest of mine.

 

Anyway I wrote some computer scripts (In Python) to collate the data and ran it. I initially published it here.

 

https://github.com/tg12/MappingGovUKDomains

 

https://www.reddit.com/r/netsec/comments/ayumsf/mapping_the_state_of_the_govuk_domain_space/

 

Whilst I wasn't expecting this at all I have to say that it has been an very interesting project and I am quite proud of it. I was approached by a journalist who works for Wired/New Scientist. They seemed very interested about running an article if I could answer a few questions about it all, So I enlisted the help of a fellow Redditor. Very talented individual with direct experience in the InfoSec world and we came up with the results.

Here is the article. It makes for interesting reading.

 

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2197453-thousands-of-security-flaws-found-on-uk-government-websites/

 

Here is the data we generated.

 

https://github.com/nannal/GovUK-CVE

 

Please feel free to ask any questions. If you want to publish this further on your blog/site or wherever I would be very grateful/more than happy about it.

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+BudMan

Be interesting to see what the .gov sites shows ;)

 

Nice script and nice find - but to be honest are you actually surprised at the findings.. I mean really..

 

Did you get the idea from the scan of all of Austria?

https://blog.haschek.at/2019/i-scanned-austria.html

 

Most of the public facing stuff is shambles.. Be it gov controlled or not.

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+John Teacake
On 3/24/2019 at 2:53 PM, BudMan said:

Be interesting to see what the .gov sites shows ;)

 

Nice script and nice find - but to be honest are you actually surprised at the findings.. I mean really..

 

Did you get the idea from the scan of all of Austria?

https://blog.haschek.at/2019/i-scanned-austria.html

 

Most of the public facing stuff is shambles.. Be it gov controlled or not.

Very good point! I didn't expect any less but it was nice to put some numbers behind the research and get picked up by New Scientist. 

 

 

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+BudMan

oh fantastic!  you have to be over the moon!  And even if only small % of the sites get the hint and fix some stuff up its a huge win.

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