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Why Anonymous Can't Take Down Amazon.com 392

suraj.sun writes "The website-attacking group 'Anonymous' tried and failed to take down Amazon.com on Thursday. The group's vengeance horde quickly found out something techies have known for years: Amazon, which has built one of the world's most invincible websites, is almost impossible to crash.... Anonymous quickly figured that out. Less than an hour after setting its sights on Amazon, the group's organizers called off the attempt. 'We don't have enough forces,' they tweeted."
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Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Telling vendor email was compromised 2

John Jorsett writes: I create for myself a unique email address for every vendor with which I do business, and that address isn't kept in my address book. When a spammer sends something to that address, I know that the vendor's email address database has been compromised. Trouble is, when I notify the vendor that their customer's email addresses are leaking and that they should check their security, I get no response and, as far as I can tell, no action is ever taken. I just change to a different email address, so should I even be bothering with notification, and if so, what's the best way to inform a vendor that their security needs attention?

Comment Re:But.. uh.. err... (Score 1) 245

This is one of those "useless" facts that you might be really glad you know one day when you are accidentally dealing with an old NT network and can't figure out why your machines aren't talking. Still silly, though.

Comment Re:When juggernauts try their hands at new ideas (Score 1) 89

I disagree; There's a very different culture in the United States compared even to Canada with respect to how people view lawsuits. In Canada you don't threaten lawsuits lightly because you know it's going to be costly, however I've been threatened with lawsuits from shady apartments here. I really think that having the ability for a lawyer to agree to work for a portion of the settlement leads only to frivolous lawsuits. With that said, dragging out an individual's livelihood in years of cases until they can't afford to represent themselves is irresponsible; and I admit I have no idea how to prevent that.

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