This sounds more like a story from there and less like a scientific research study. Even then, I can remember reading certain Slashdot stories from 3 years ago more than I can remember the plot outline of the Wheel of Time, which I started reading 2 years ago.
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First mistake: They list the IP in the affadavit OUTSIDE of the logs twice as 220.127.116.11 instead of 18.104.22.168 as it should be. One could assume that they could have now raided the wrong server in Tailor Made's farm.
Second mistake: "root" is just an IRC nickname on AnonOPs, and this person does NOT have root access on the IRC server that was raid as falsely assumed in the affadavit. They have oper with override privileges, and that was what was logged. The raid on the server at Tailor Made Servers was made under false pretenses.
Third mistake: Those logs show... [Thu Dec 9 11:14:27 2010] - OVERRIDE: root(email@example.com) TOPIC #loic '!lazor default targethost=api.paypal.comsubsite=/ speed=3 threads=15 method=tcp wait=false random=true checked=false message=Good_night_paypal_Sweet_dreams_from_AnonOPs port=443 stop'
The title of the article, that is. Some of the content of the article does mention aurora australis.
Yeah, actually this article is completely misleading, seeing as Aurora Australis (the "Southern Lights") already exist. It's actually the southern lights just visible at lower latitudes.
To be fair, it does include the name of a game that was copyrighted in 1981, and it was even contested and won against Universal City Studios because it was too close to King Kong.
According to Alexander Hanff, PI Advisor: "This data breach is likely to result in significant harm to tens of thousands of people in the form of fraud, identity theft and severe emotional distress." ACS:Law has breached the Data Protection Act by allowing a sensitive archive of data to be stored on a public facing web server. The law requires that "appropriate technical and organisational measures shall be taken against unauthorised or unlawful processing of personal data and against accidental loss or destruction of, or damage to, personal data.""
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Ding! You've leveled up! You can now change your class to "White MJ"! You've learned the skill "Dodge Lawsuit"! You've gained 3,000 MP (Molestation Points)!
This is also old news in regards to the actual topic. Malware has been imitating error pages and injecting code into pages (like "Google detects you're infected, use software to fix!" on Google") for the longest time..
...doesn't mean it's legal, right?
I was thinking of something more along the lines of OLPC or any of those charitable organizations that help spread technology to people/places that regularly wouldn't have access to it.
Y'know if they wanted to refuse the cash... instead of letting Mozilla keep it, have them donate it to the charity of their choice. Just sayin'.
Uh, actually, Apple is choosing HTML5 for the iPad over Flash. Although I believe Hulu sticking with Flash... soooooo...
Well y'know Frontier's serious about this patent suit... they decided to file it outside of the East Texas District!
Yeah, the headline on this one is a bit sensationalist. The FCC is for prevention, not takeover.