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Doxing Victim Zoe Quinn Launches Online "Anti-harassment Task Force" 688

Posted by Soulskill
from the life-free-of-swat-teams-and-unordered-pizzas dept.
AmiMoJo writes: On Friday, developer and doxing victim Zoe Quinn launched an online "anti-harassment task force" toolset, staffed by volunteers familiar with such attacks, to assist victims of a recent swell of "doxing" and "swatting" attacks. The Crash Override site, built by Quinn and game developer Alex Lifschitz, offers free services from "experts in information security, white hat hacking, PR, law enforcement, legal, threat monitoring, and counseling" for "victims of online mob harassment."

They have already managed to preemptively warn at least one victim of a swatting attempt in Enumclaw, Washington. As a result, the police department's head e-mailed the entire department to ask any police sent to the address in question to "knock with your hand, not your boot."

Comment: Re:Bitcoin isn't money but it's still a financial (Score 1) 135

Then why do they call Bitcoin an electronic currency? Heck, even the name contains the word "coin." You can't have it one way when facing a judge for a certain lawsuit, and then switch it to something else when a different lawsuit or legislation rears it's head.

Do you know what else is a "financial tool?" The dollar. It can be used to traffic/launder money & goods too.

Comment: Re:Ugg the diversity brigade strikes again (Score 1) 250

by JumperCable (#47078731) Attached to: Facebook Refuses To Share Employee Race and Gender Data

If google and facebook could find qualified black (or American employees in general) employees, wouldn't they do that rather than importing people from India/Pakistan/$wherever?

That depends. Are those Amercian employees willing to work for the same salary offer as those India/Pakitan/$whatever and be content? They are shooting for a cheap labor market.

Comment: Paper not finished nor peer reviewed (Score 1) 490

Link to study:

This paper is in active rewrite; Please contact the author for the latest version before review if at all possible

So the paper is not even finished and has not been peer reviewed...

You know what also might work? Actually ticketing cyclists breaking traffic laws. As a pedestrian, I nearly got run over by three cyclists pulling an "Idaho Stop" at a cross walk because they were not paying attention.

Also according to the Idaho law, this only applies when the cyclist is turning right, not blowing through an intersection.

Microfilm archives of police incident reports from 1966 to 1992 were consulted over a
period of days, and deemed too difficult to analyze;

Comment: Homeless for 6 year or 30 years (Score 1) 320

The article says he has been homeless for 6 years and recently feel on hard times due to a loss of his wife and mother turning to alcohalism.

However this video from the same project says that he has been on the streets for 30 years. (21 seconds in)

The story doesn't jive.

Comment: Re:FYI: that wooshing sound you hear... (Score 1) 151

by JumperCable (#42665587) Attached to: Microsoft May Invest $1B-$3B In Dell Buyout

Not necessarily a fair assessment. The linux boxes & no-OS boxes were priced higher than the same builds WITH Windows pre-installed. Why on earth would I pay more money when I can wipe Windows off of a machine in the blink of an eye.

The problem wasn't Linux. It was the pricing scheme.

Comment: Re:Good (Score 1) 432

by JumperCable (#40992475) Attached to: Ecuador To Grant Assange Political Asylum

I would have rated you funny. Honestly, you don't have to reach out from some grand governmental conspiracy to explain what is going on.

Assange was staying at one woman's house, banged her, then while still using her place as home base, goes out and bangs some other fan-girl. Fan-girl unwittingly contacts the woman who Assange was staying with trying to get in touch with him. The feminist hostess puts two and two together, gets pissed and decides to extract her pound of flesh for revenge. Takes it to the police to see if they can force him to take an STD test. Then it hits the media and all hell breaks loose. Now everyone is scrambling to try to save face. It gets picked up by a prosecutor attempting to make a name for himself in feminist circles and to continues to snowball. Now the only way to save face is if someone at minimum gets legally slapped on the wrist for bad behavior. For Assange & his supporters it is far easier to blame some grand governmental conspiracy than to deal with the accusations being leveled at him.

You don't need some grand governmental conspiracy to explain what is going on. A better explanation is that everyone here is acting in their own self interest, except for the poor fan-girl who got unwittingly drug into this mess.

All of this and the US government didn't have to lift a finger. They have done the best thing possible, which is to sit back, do nothing, break out the popcorn, let people hang themselves and enjoy.

Comment: Because I don't putz with my distro (Score 1) 818

by JumperCable (#40284387) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Aren't You Running KDE?

Because I don't want to spend all day tweaking my distro everytime I upgrade to a new one. I grab an all-in-one complete distro that works out of the box (at this point it is Mint Linux). And I am done. I honestly don't want to spend all day reconfiguring every aspect of it. I am to the point where I am going to start skipping the 6 month revisions and stick with the Long Term Support versions. And I will more than happily skip over any version that is reported to be buggy or poorly designed. I want something that just works.

Comment: Keep work & personal life separate (Score 1) 391

by JumperCable (#39652497) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: My Company Wants Me To Astroturf, Should I?

My company's marketing department also asked all of the employees to facebook 'like' the company & post comments about the company. There were not any managers pushing this down on the employees. I won't touch it with a 10 foot pole. My rule is to not discuss my company on the internet that is in any what that is identifiable to my company or myself. Once you cross the line of mixing work with your personal life you are walking into a mine field. The best case scenario is that no one cares that you did it. The worst case scenario is that people start looking at your personal internet life and find something objectionable that you have said, or some strangers on the internet decide they don't like what you said and try to get you fired from your company, or you make some off hand comment about a coworker, company or work situation that lands you in hot water. It just isn't worth it.

If a thing's worth doing, it is worth doing badly. -- G.K. Chesterton