Thursday, January 02, 2014

Nation's Strategic Dick-Pic Reserve Threatened


Confirmed: Snapchat Hack Not A Hoax, 4.6M Usernames And Numbers Published

A site called SnapchatDB.info has saved usernames and phone numbers for 4.6 million accounts and made the information available for download. In a statement to us, SnapchatDB says that it got the information through a recently identified and patched Snapchat exploit and that it is making the data available in an effort to convince the messaging app to beef up its security. We’ve also reached out to Snapchat. SnapchatDB said:
Our motivation behind the release was to raise the public awareness around the issue, and also put public pressure on Snapchat to get this exploit fixed. It is understandable that tech startups have limited resources but security and privacy should not be a secondary goal. Security matters as much as user experience does.
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They see you when you're sleeping.
They know when you're awake.
They know if you dress left or right...

3 comments:

blader said...

THIS is what we might wish to call the Snowdenian/Greenwaldian solution:

Hackers expose us in order to protect our privacy.

That sure is one fucked up crazy set of ethical principles.

Horace Boothroyd III said...

This kind of thing is why I was so puzzled over and disturbed by the great freakout by the hysterical ninnies over at dailykos.com and their allies. The NSA requests data in conveniently enormous quantities as it has been collected by unregulated corporations, so the goobers who have not been bothered by any of this are all of a sudden squealing THIS IS THE WORST THING THAT HAS EVER HAPPENED IN THE HISTORY OF ANYTHING SO BOW DOWN BEFORE MY OBVIOUS MORAL SUPERIORITY OVER THE PAID NSA DISRUPTOR TROLLS!!!!!11!

Now I don't like the national surveillance arm of the military-industrial state any more than anyone else, and in fact I have been working quietly for twenty years to do my bit in rolling it back, but setting your hair on fair and shrieking at strangers on the internet is hardly an effective approach to combating one of the more powerful institutions in Washington.

On top of which there is the whole issue of unregulated private organizations hoovering up data en mass for their own purposes. As brilliantly illustrated by this essay, it's necessary to attack the problem from both ends if we are to arrive at an effective solution. In a bizarrely counterproductive stroke, the hysterical ninnies have declared a fortiori that the simple mention of this half of the equation is a blatant attempt to distract the weak minded but pure of heart from the true nature of the problem, and that the fiends who do make such mention are to be destroyed on sight.

Which is stupid, stupid beyond belief. I cringe when I see leftists pervert the cause with their puddingheaded self righteousness.

Geese Howard said...

@Horace

The problem with leftists is they never understood the internet. They viewed this defense and corporate behemoth (and it has been such since it began) as a liberal tool free from the government and corporations and the domain of liberal activists.

Now many are waking up to see that they are the product. The thing is, they can't have a facebook unless they are the product... not unless one of them wants to donate a few billion a year for operating costs and the rest want to staff it for free.

So we get the bitch fest. From people who never understood the technology they were using and closed their eyes to who invented it. They want their cake and eat too, and they are slowly starting to realize that this is not the case, and will never be the case.

So they have a choice, admit that they were always wrong and they will never have the special pony they wanted. Admit their own idiocy and failures... or throw a fit and pretend it's all the NSA and if we just crucify a few federal agents they will have their pony.