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Comment Yes, no. (Score 3, Insightful) 8

The notorious group gained access to Seattle-based writer Devin Coldewey's account, and posted the following message earlier today: "Hello Guys, don't worry we are just testing techcrunch security, we didn't change any passwords, please contact us...

So they fished a single user's account and by the way, "contact us"? Yeah, no . Coldewey, if he actually has any other access than to submit stories for editorial review (you know, like I do at Slashdot), needs to have his account douched, but beyond that, this is most likely just some "leet" little boys playing on the 'puter.

If it turns out to be something more than almost nothing, I would be surprised.

Comment Re:If you think Twitter is bad... (Score 2) 57

As an IT support technician, I had to prevent people from telling me their passwords. It never fails that find someone's password written on a Post-It note on their monitor or underneath their keyboard. Whenever a user compromises their password, I set their AD account to change password on next login

So, when you are talking to a non-IT / non-IT savvy network user who has to "remember" 20 (and that's not a high number for some folks) different UID/PAS combos, what exactly is your suggestion beyond writing it down and securing the written source?

This is an honest question that should not be poo-pooed by the "leet IT Dudes" as the fallout of moron netwrok users...

Comment Fake, non-credible, rumors (Score 1, Insightful) 66

...The local government feared that if news outlets were to report using signals coming from social media, there was a chance that fake, non-credible, and rumors would slip through the filter. It was absurd, to say the least...

Was it? Not trying to support censorship of any kind, especially the kind that China practices, but "social media" is well known to spew "fake, non-credible, rumors..."

Comment Re:Happens All The Time (Score 0) 105

But presumably the Brazilian Google exec was just that -- a Brazilian living and working in Brazil, and presumably under the jurisdiction of their justice system (no matter how non-local the video hosting was).

Are you saying that I, an American citizen am not under the jurisdiction of the Brizilian justice system when in Brazil?

Comment Happens All The Time (Score 2, Informative) 105

American companies are sued all the time in other countries. For example, Brizillian authorities arrested Google's top executive in Brazil after officials said he violated the South American country's election law when he didn't take down online videos that allegedly slandered a political candidate.

So, it's not just the United States, and indeed it happens quite often all over the world.

Comment Re:All this collecting and hacking (Score 2) 30

What's a person gonna do with a million of data records - maybe sell it or is it just a proof of "concept"?

Very often people reuse the same passwords and user names over a swath of accounts. Not always, but often enough that knowing a gaming account that should be "throw away" or at least not the same as your Amazon or Banking account... can get a fraudster in the door and clean you out.

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