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Comment This is great news but... (Score 5, Insightful) 130

This is great news and I am happy it was a successful sting operation. Bringing these guys down is something we all like to see and it helps make a lot of hard work of different people pay off. However, there is one item that has been mentioned a few times in other articles that blows my mind on this. From the Wired article:

The German report confirm rumors that have swirled around DarkMarket since late 2006, when uber-hacker Max Ray Butler cracked the site's server and announced to the underground that he'd caught Master Splynter logging in from the NCFTA's office on the banks of the Monongahela River.

In other words they were completely outed, although unsuccessfully, prior to the German report. They were actually hacked and exposed two years ago. That's pretty bad operations security. Never run/manage your sting site from where you really are.. well at least if that plays ties back directly to law enforcement. That's kind of like if a DEA agent showed up to a drug buy and parked his marked police car behind the dumpster nearby. ::face palm::

Censorship

Submission + - Comcast Selectively Blocking Subscriber Traffic (msn.com)

madsheep writes: "It looks like Comcast is actively blocking subscriber traffic to a number of services that are primarily related to peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing. From the story: "Comcast Corp. actively interferes with attempts by some of its high-speed Internet subscribers to share files online, a move that runs counter to the tradition of treating all types of Net traffic equally. The interference, which The Associated Press confirmed through nationwide tests, is the most drastic example yet of data discrimination by a U.S. Internet service provider. It involves company computers masquerading as those of its users." It looks like Comcast is out there to limit your bandwidth and where you can go. What's next?"
The Media

Submission + - Laser Printers May Pose Health Risks (com.com)

madsheep writes: "From the article: "Emissions from office laser printers can be as unhealthy as cigarette smoke, according to an Australian professor who is now calling for regulations to limit printer emissions." It appears that device sitting next to could possibly releasing emissions that are bad for your health. Should there be new regulations on emissions from Laser Printers? Could this lead to the next wave of major lawsuits?"
Businesses

Submission + - Verizon FiOS Internet Hits 1 Millionth Subscriber

madsheep writes: Verizon's FiOS Internet service, which brings fiber to he premises (FTTP), has recently reached its 1 millionth customer. This is quite a feat for the high speed service, which many were initially calling too expensive of an undertaking to turn profitable. It looks like the decision to bring fiber into homes has really paid off for them. However, it is also paying off for you the consumer in the way of lower prices, more choices, and better bandwidth. Another notable item is that the Verizon FiOS TV service has reached over 500,000 subscribers.
Privacy

Submission + - Labor Union Files Suit Agains TSA Over Lost Drive

madsheep writes: "Recently on Slashdot there was a story about how TSA lost a hard drive "containing Social Security numbers, bank data and payroll information for about 100,000 employees." Well now a federal labor union has filed a suit against TSA over the lost drive. A quote from the article: "TSA's reckless behavior is clearly in violation of the law," said John Gage, AFGE's national president. "TSA must be held liable for this wanton disregard for employee privacy. A DHS agency that cannot even shield its own employee data is not reassuring." In the wake of the numerous embarassing privacy issues hitting the both the commercial and federal sectors, will this lawsuit bring about even more change?"

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