I was browsing a website, and stumbled across a sample scheme for password-protecting web pages. The owner of the website specifically had a page that invited people to attempt to hack it.
I wanted to give it a try, so I wrote up a quick python script a few hours ago to try brute-forcing the password. (Which, in retrospect, was a stupid idea).
I left the script running for a few hours, but came back to find that my script was running haywire and the website was returning '509 Bandwidth limit exceeded' errors on all its pages. ([EDIT]: I also checked via 3g on my phone, and using a school computer, so I know it's not limited to just my ip address)
This is not something I had intended to do, and feel really, really bad about it.
Should I send an email apologizing and offering to pay reparations? Or am I just unnecessarily worried, and should let this blow over?
(I'm also not sure where in stackexchange to ask this question, but I think it might fit here).
I sent an email apologizing -- once the site owner responds, I'll update this post.
[UPDATE]: Well, it's been several days now. The website is still down and the owner hasn't responded yet. I originally wanted to wait for a response first before accepting an answer, but it might be a while, so I'll pick an answer.