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I second Chris’ thoughts but I want to add a couple of thoughts.
This situation being used as an excuse for being a Luddite. When times are changing you have to expect people and conglomerates of people (aka governments) to change too. But some are willing to fight changes– any and all changes.
Maybe the conglomerate will change too much and need to be fought, but we can’t just blindly bulk at all changes.
The phrase “privacy invasion” is being used in the same way as “murder” is by the anti-abortion crowd.
Look at the back cover of the HGTTG.
This is true, however many small changes can easily group together to weaken your rights to privacy. Things like this are quick to occur, and people are slow to respond when their rights are threatened.
I’m not a privacy advocate by any means, but I would hate to see the US (and other like minded governments) continue down the road they’re currently on. There may be many different reasons for reviewing privacy laws, however hiding the changes behind the mask of terrorism or blaming a few bad eggs (i.e. Hackers) isn’t the way to make the changes needed. After all, policy in the US, UK, etc.. will ultimately impact on those of us in Central Europe.
“The whole attack seems very simple once you understand how it was done. No exploitation, no vulnerable services (in the strictest sense of the word), just good old fashioned research and luck that Yahoo’s password reset was badly implemented (or at least not as well implemented as we’d all like). All the information required for the reset is easy enough to find. When you add the fact that she’s “moderately” well known, then things just get so much easier.”
Are you serious? It’s social engineering at the best.
I think if you re-read my first comment, you’ll find that’s what I’m trying to say. This wasn’t a hack, it was somebody taking advantage of a badly designed password reset. Anyway, this has already been covered a thousand times. The mainstream news will continue to call this person a hacker, and those in the know will continue to argue that it wasn’t even a hack. Then again, that’s an arguement that will always rage.