What happens when a friendly-neighbourhood ethical hacker warns companies of their vulnerabilities in India?

A) The companies don’t care because they’re answerable to no one

B) The companies ask them to mind their own business and quietly patch their own servers

C) The companies consider getting the ethical hacker prosecuted (instead of rewarding them)

D) All of the above

The correct answer is D), best illustrated over the course of this story.

On 4 March, a French hacker who goes by the name Elliot Alderson on Twitter wrote a thread on how he gained access to BSNL’s intranet and got hold of details of over 47,000 employees.