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Wednesday, December 08, 2021

Missouri state government officials planned to publicly thank a journalist who discovered a security flaw until a drastic change in strategy resulted in the governor labeling the journalist a "hacker," while threatening both a lawsuit and prosecution.

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...But only two days earlier, a government spokesperson was preparing a quote to publicly thank the journalist, as the Post-Dispatch reported today:

In an Oct. 12 email to officials in Gov. Mike Parson's office, Mallory McGowin, spokeswoman for DESE [Department of Elementary and Secondary Education], sent proposed statements for a press release announcing the data vulnerability the newspaper uncovered.

"We are grateful to the member of the media who brought this to the state's attention," said a proposed quote from Education Commissioner Margie Vandeven....

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#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-12-08 11:08 AM | Reply

I bet the FBI field office had a good laugh when they received the email describing a journalist hitting F11 on their keyboard and "hacking" a public facing website.

Interesting point from the comment section on the article:
This would definitely indicate that the governor knew it was a false statement at the time he made it and that it was likely intended with malicious intent.

Slander lawsuit possibility?

#2 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2021-12-08 01:17 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

@#2

It certainly looks, as more evidence comes out, that the Governor was knowing and intentional in his false castigation of the journalist.


#3 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-12-08 01:47 PM | Reply

I love this story for some reason... I really want to see this idiot Gov roast over this.

#4 | Posted by kwrx25 at 2021-12-08 02:08 PM | Reply

They were about to act like normal human beings.

Then they realized that they weren't looking hard enough at every opportunity to demonize a journalist.

#5 | Posted by schifferbrains at 2021-12-08 02:35 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

This is the same idiot state that suppressed a study showing masks work.

Truman wept.

#6 | Posted by Danforth at 2021-12-08 02:47 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

I love this story for some reason... I really want to see this idiot Gov roast over this. #4 | POSTED BY KWRX25

I love it too, especially the aspect that the journalist and state IT team both did the correct things (report the vuln to the responsible stakeholders while remaining publicly silent, and the state IT team patched it).

The Guv'na wanted to make this political and I really hope there are costs imposed unto him for interfering in what was a completely responsible disclosure.

#7 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2021-12-08 06:28 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

@#7 ... the aspect that the journalist and state IT team both did the correct things (report the vuln to the responsible stakeholders while remaining publicly silent, and the state IT team patched it). ...

Worth repeating. In bold.

the aspect that the journalist and state IT team both did the correct things (report the vuln to the responsible stakeholders while remaining publicly silent, and the state IT team patched it).


#8 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-12-08 09:53 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

We all know the motto of today's Republican Party: The media is the enemy of the people.

As for the sudden change of heart . . .

Donald Trump would have Governor Parson's steaming entrails splattered all over Missouri's countryside for such a breach of Republican Party protocol.

#9 | Posted by Twinpac at 2021-12-08 11:54 PM | Reply

Missouri is the Know Nothing State. When my wife and I drive through, we keep our masks on and doors locked, from one end of the state to the other...

#10 | Posted by catdog at 2021-12-09 09:43 AM | Reply

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You're not serious, are you?

Don't you live in Oklahoma?

#11 | Posted by eberly at 2021-12-09 10:15 AM | Reply

It certainly looks, as more evidence comes out, that the Governor was knowing and intentional in his false castigation of the journalist.
#3 | POSTED BY LAMPLIGHTER

That was obvious from the start.

#12 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2021-12-09 01:38 PM | Reply

Wow this is the sort of idiotic grandstanding I expect from GOP anything anymore. The Governor should be taken out back and caned for stupidity.

#13 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2021-12-09 05:13 PM | Reply

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