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Monday, March 25, 2013

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This is too much like Aaron Swartz. The guy deserves a serious slap for doing the actual ID theft just to prove a point. I think, given today's Internet, merely announcing the vulnerability publicly after a fair warning privately to AT&T would have done the trick. For the download I would hope that future prosecutors have a better sense of, I don't know, proportion? Internet reality? Suspended sentence, some community service, it would be on his record, Government making its point.

Actually, this is a classic instance of stomp on the whistleblower. While he, like most hackers, is arrogant, you should listen to NPR interviews with him about the kinds of information AT&T ignorantly and carelessly exposed or may have used for commercial gain (sharing in ways many of us MIT not be pleased with)

AndI say this as someone who happily avails themselves daily of the mobile net because the US Postal service is a joke (you can't opt out of junk snail mail so legitimate mail gets lost or not delivered amidst the junk), and one has to use mobile personal devices in an age when employers monitor one's phones and computers...

My point is, we need the mobile net to function if we have responsibilities for dependents we aren't with every second of the day no less than if we are piratical traders. And the people we pay fortunes to to transmit our data are careless and vicious when their carelessness is exposed. Hackers are smarter than the rest of us and can act on the vague unease we all develop about the Cloud (don't use it for stuff you truly value) and private communications.

The US Govt should be hiring and celebrating hackers to defend against the C_____e as a matter of policy, not listening to greedy, corrupt corporations and persecuting them.

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