Packet Storm

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Packet Storm
Type of site
Computer Security
Created by The Packet Storm Team
Alexa rank Positive decrease 37,406 (April 2014)[1]
Commercial Yes
Launched 1998

Packet Storm Security is a popular information security website offering current and historical computer security tools,[2] exploits,[3] and security advisories. It is operated by a group of security enthusiasts that publish new security information[4] and offer tools for educational and testing purposes.[5]


The site was originally created by Ken Williams who sold it in 1999 to Kroll O'Gara[6] and just over a year later, it was given back to the security community.[7] While at Kroll O'Gara, Packet Storm awarded Mixter[8] $10,000 in a whitepaper contest dedicated to the mitigation of distributed denial of service attacks.[9] Today, they offer a suite of consulting services[10] and the site is referenced in hundreds of books.[11]

In 2013, Packet Storm launched a bug bounty program to buy working exploits that would be given back to the community for their own testing purposes.[12][13] Later that year, they worked with a security researcher to help expose a large scale shadow profile issue with the popular Internet site Facebook.[14][15][16][17][18][19] After Facebook claimed that only 6 million people were affected, additional testing by Packet Storm exposed that the numbers were not accurately reported.[20][21][22][23]


  1. ^ " Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
  2. ^ "Linux Systems Being Hit By SSH-Key Attacks". Retrieved 2008-08-27. 
  3. ^ "Compiling Exploit Code: A Network-Security Must". Retrieved 2006-03-24. 
  4. ^ "Mozilla Claims Firefox 1.5 Hole Poses Minor Risk". Retrieved 2005-12-08. 
  5. ^ "About Packet Storm". Retrieved 2009-12-06. 
  6. ^ Wayner, Peter (1999-08-17). "Security Firm To Revive Computer-Defense Site". Retrieved November 14, 2017. 
  7. ^ "Packetstorm Rides Again". Retrieved 2001-07-16. 
  8. ^ "Hacker Discloses New Internet Attack Software". Retrieved 2017-11-14. 
  9. ^ "Security Websites Hit By Big DDoS Attack". Retrieved 2009-02-10. 
  10. ^ "Packet Storm Security Consulting". Retrieved 2013-07-17. 
  11. ^ "Packet Storm Search In Google Books". Retrieved 2013-07-17. 
  12. ^ "Did ZDI snub your 0-day attack? Packet Storm will buy it for $7k". Retrieved 2013-01-18. 
  13. ^ "Packetstorm opens bug bounty programme with $7,000 top reward". Retrieved 2013-01-16. 
  14. ^ "Firm: Facebook's shadow profiles are 'frightening' dossiers on everyone". Retrieved 2013-07-17. 
  15. ^ "Anger mounts after Facebook's 'shadow profiles' leak in bug". Retrieved 2013-07-17. 
  16. ^ "Facebook's Creepy Data-Grabbing Ways Make It The Borg Of The Digital World". Retrieved 2013-07-17. 
  17. ^ "Facebook 'dossier' find raises contact list privacy questions". Retrieved 2013-07-17. 
  18. ^ "Facebook Login, Home, Friends, Search: Company Accused of Leaving Out Important Details in Information Leak Scandal". Retrieved 2013-07-17. 
  19. ^ "With Friends Like These". Retrieved 2013-07-17. 
  20. ^ "Facebook: Math Of The Aftermath". Retrieved 2013-07-17. 
  21. ^ Guarini, Drew (2013-06-27). "Experts Says Facebook Leak Of 6 Million Users' Data Might Be Bigger Than We Thought". Retrieved 2013-07-17. 
  22. ^ "Firm: Facebook 'bug' worse than reported; non-users also affected". Retrieved 2013-07-17. 
  23. ^ "Facebook Bug Leaked More Info Than Company Reported?". Retrieved 2013-07-17. 

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