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Originally posted by v1rtu0s0
It looks like SOPA will pass with flying colors......
Originally posted by VitriolAndAngst
If you protest in the streets, you get pepper sprayed and ignored. The CorpMedia only tells the story that fits the status quo.
A rich person doesn't go to jail like you or I any more.
Originally posted by K1771gnorance
Honestly, I don't see the big deal. E-mail addresses and passwords? If you dont know where to input the e-mail addresses and passwords in order to read the e-mails, then they are useless. Passwords can be changed anyway. Credit card numbers? One call and they can be cancled and a new number reissued. Without the security code on the back they are mostly useless online. Also, any money stolen can be reimbursed with one phone call.
So, what is the big deal?edit on 31-12-2011 by K1771gnorance because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by SayonaraJupiter
As a counter-argument to the "they will censor the internet" crowd... that's not going to happen. Ever. They need the internet to be open 24/7 for commerce and they need the internet to collect your data ie "spy on you".
They won't turn it off, they won't censor it, they can't do it. The internet was designed with open architectures and survivability which is the optimum in network design.
If they really wanted to "turn it off" they'd have to drop EMP's across every major node in the world which would be an act of terrorism. It is also way beyond their logistical capabilities to do it.
To be fair, at least SpecialForces.com DID store their customers’ credit card information using blowfish encryption (unlike the global intelligence and security industry "professionals" at Stratfor, who apparently remain confused as to whether their customers’ information was even encrypted or not). Nevertheless, our voodoo prevailed and we were quickly able to break back into the military supplier’s server and steal their encryption keys. We then wrote a few simple functions to recover the cleartext passwords, credit card numbers, and expiration dates to all their customers’ cards. That’s how we roll.
Originally posted by rival
So what? ...The government has illegal access to ALL OF MY DATA, thanks
to the (sic)Patriot Act
This just seems fair and right.
The government has nothing to hide, they always act legally, so why should they care....
That IS the popular sheeple argument isn't it?
Originally posted by YouAreLiedTo
One of the most simple explanations covers every question you have.
Anonymous is not some grandiose corporation with 30 people on the payroll ready to act when they are called on. Everyone acts separately towards whatever goal they deem worthy. This means you may see 200,000 people protesting $cientology, or it may mean you see 3 people hacking a server. The reasons are still the same in either case, it's done because someone wants to.
People want to control the flow of information, and they would lead you to believe it is actually possible to have ownership of an idea (patents, etc).
Salk didn't believe in using his vaccine to make money and instead focused his researching on saving lives around this planet.
On the other hand you have the AIDS virus killing off millions, and then you have Magic Johnson's old ass on SportsCenter THIRTY YEARS after testing positive for HIV. And he looks pretty healthy to me, how about everyone else? I have known people who have kept HIV from going full-blown AIDS, and they still look like crap half the time from the amount of meds they have to take.
When is the last time you heard of a -insert family name here- (Rockefeller) dying from cancer or AIDS? Anyone? Nope.
This is the type of ## that just won't be tolerated anymore by some people, and for some it's other reasons... piracy laws, illegal tax-free organizations that are allowed to buy politicians and cover-up known homicides ($cientology), or any other number of things.
We all have that one subject that makes our blood boil. Everyone just reacts differently...
Originally posted by YouAreLiedTo
Oh and as for the lax security on the server, it isn't really that uncommon. Granted, it usually has a better encryption, but "Network Security" is more of a term than a reality. The ignorance of some companies in this department is hilarious.
It's the same as every time I hear someone that got hacked or got a virus say, "But I was using -insert security suite here-!"
Newsflash folks, I used to play Lineage II with Peter Norton and he would tell you straight-up that they would program back-doors into the security suites for people to find just so they could close them in the next version and make people buy it all over again.
It's not illegal at all. Maybe slightly unethical, but you have to admit, it's a great business plan.
And for the notion it might have been an attack done in the "name of Anonymous"... doubtful. Had they not donated millions to charities... I might be more inclined to agree. But the donations just scream Anon.
Remember, they would rather ignore a problem and see if it goes away before it gets any larger or gets any more attention. They wouldn't make bigger news out of it.