Palin E-Mail Hacker Says It Was Easy | Threat Level from Wired.com:
Lessons to be learned.
Don’t have as your password resets information that is easily googled.
But there’s another fundamental question that one of the guys in the office hinted at today. That of why do people do this in the first place. Why do bad people consider this appropriate. Yes I know that this is a naive statement but why does someone think this is okay? Why is crossing the line considered normal?
I get this Google blog alert feature and today there was an unusual posting. a bunch of 1′s and 0′s. And based on googling on what the site does it’s a bittorrent site.
So why does everyone think this is okay to do as well? And I’m not just talking about what appears to be a bittorrent of SBS on the web, why does our online society look at the bittorrent, pirate bay sites and think that downloading what they are downloading is appropriate? “Oh, but the Manufacturer charges us too much so it’s fair to download and copy it”. What if I came to your house and stole the car you drive out of your garage. Is that okay?
Why is it that when it comes to someone doing something to us we’re outraged but when something is done to someone else, like accesing an email account that you shouldn’t that you don’t realize that you just crossed the line. Or that downloading a something from a file sharing site is crossing the line as well?
Today on one of the SMB listserves there was another of this crossing the line incidents. “It’s my right of free speech! This is a free country. I can do whatever I want” was the viewpoint put forth. Sorry this country and this world comes with a price tag. One of responsibility. One where you realize that there are lines that should not be crossed.
I’m getting a bit tired that the online generation is crossing that line way too often.
Gawd, I’m getting old (1). I’m sounding like my Mother.
(1) Yeah, yeah, Vlad.. make that “am old”.