A hacker or group of hackers calling themselves the "Turkish Crime Family" claim they have access to at least 300 million iCloud accounts, and will delete the alleged cache of data if Apple pays a ransom by early next month. Motherboard is reporting that the hackers are demanding "$75,000 in Bitcoin or Ethereum, another increasingly popular crypto-currency, or $100,000 worth of iTunes gift cards in exchange for deleting the alleged cache of data." From the report:
If Apple pays the data gets deleted - simple solution is to not pay. A far more complex solution is editing summaries at a 5th grade level or above.
In order to compensate for this effect I think we need to support people both with a BHI, but also with creative empowerment. We need to put automation into the hands of the many, and empower them to build a new world where they are not dependent on the state but instead own their own automation stack.
Good luck with that. It will be locked down with drm, patents, and be about as transparent as carbon black. Trying to automate anything, with any contemporary technology will be dealt with swiftly and severely unless it's paid for appropriately. Unlike in sci-fi it's not possible for some prodigious teenager to create this kind of tech on their own, it's a product of tens of thousands of people working for years. It's already following this model.
One of the biggest concerns for the federal government is if WikiLeaks publishes critical computer code on how operations are conducted, other hackers could take that code and cause havoc overseas.
Criminals that get ahold of this will loot AMERICA. This is exactly what every single security expert has warned against, pretty much since the internet existed.
What did he do wrong?
Seriously, did you not read the headline? He uses AOL. He clearly can't be trusted with important decisions.
Compounded by the fact his account was compromised by phishing
So if I took perfectly clean water and spilled an ounce of Coke Zero into it, how much urine wold that be measured as?
Slightly less than if you opened a snickers bar, slipped it into the pool, then when the screaming and pointing erupted scream "I'll save you all" and take a big bite out of it.
Take an astronaut to launch.