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I see what you did there, Barack Obama

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Most of the media coverage on the AT&T leak is a mix of factual information and spokesperson quotes. Journalists ask us questions, which we are glad to answer because it means our opinion somewhat matters. But in the end, we mostly see the old full disclosure debate, and the attempt at labelling us white hats, black hats or brown hats. Yet I think there is something new here.

Gawker identified many high profile people in the list of emails leaked by AT&T. They could easily tell them from other individuals, because they had nifty .gov or .mil addresses. At DARPA, in the EUCOM, at the White House, NASA, DoJ, the FAA… So many government employees who really, really needed an iPad.

I hope there are still a few investigative journalists out there who will certainly be thrilled to try to answer the taxpayers’ question of who exactly paid for all those government officials’ iPads. But this is not what worries me the most here.

I graduated from a pretty elite engineering school. People from that school don’t usually end up plotting funny hoaxes or working for the entertainment industry (though my favourite one actually did). They often occupy high level positions in large corporations or government agencies. When I was studying there, people from the secret services came several times to teach us about the risks of information theft. They were very serious about it. If you were going to work for the government or a top national company, you would have to learn not to write down your password under your coffee mug, but also to be wary about data protection, cell phone eavesdropping, foreign agents, including more intimate spying techniques. The message was clear: information is power, you will have it, and others will want it.

Later I worked for a state-owned company. The IT people there were using an antique version of Microsoft Exchange and disallowed the use of Firefox because it had not been approved by the security people yet. I found that extremely annoying, especially since my previous works at several security companies led me to different conclusions about the products being used, but at least it showed that they cared about security, even for average employees. I was willing to give up convenience for security.

But Barack Obama disagreed. In early 2009, he fought to keep using his BlackBerry device, against the objections of secret services and government lawyers. Barack Obama wanted convenience over security. The country’s security. And by doing so, he gave tacit clearance to every fucking idiot in the government or the military to get the latest cool electronic gadget and use it with their government email account.

Since not so long ago, UK ministers can no longer use iPhones due to security concerns. Now I hear the FBI is going to… come for Goatse? Please, someone at the NSA wake up and give a good spanking to those US government idiots using a device with a public 3-month old unfixed security vulnerability with their military or government email account. And everyone else who let them.

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AT&T hates the USA.

  • Well, congrats to getting a company to fix a problem they were obviously ignoring. If AT&T and Apple are going to keep seeing serious security issues as a joke and attempt to do nothing about them and deny them when confronted, they deserve each other and all the misery they bring to everyone though their partership and business practices. Of course with Apple being a consumer device company, I can see how they have someone of an excuse to be so lax on security, because they don’t care about individuals since their products were not designed for business. Still, it’s no excuse to not protect the average consumer. AT&T who does do business should know better. Malicious intent apparently did not happen here as Goatse was doing what they say they do, exposing a huge gaping hole, but it’s not hard to believe the over reaction from the Feds. I mean it does seem like when Apple is involved, police start kicking in doors and asking questions later. Also, interesting that they found a controlled substance. Funny, I didn’t realize they were that testing the residue in a potential bong or something or other would give them information related to the AT&T matter. Seems like they are looking for a way to fuck with you guys even if they can’t get you for anything related to AT&T. You are on all those govt officials with iPads double secret probation now. Careful, because they might find ways to plant evidence if the wrong people get pissed off because they get their unsecure tax payer supplied fashionable but hardly a computer took away. Correct me if I am wrong, but wouldn’t this be similar to getting govt officals a BMW or something. Oh wait, thats right, that does happen too. Guess a Chevy, Ford, or secure phone isn’t cool enough when compared to luxuary items. Glad to see no tax money is wasted on devices made by a company that has no concept of real security.

  • FBI: Silencing the kid who saw through the emperor’s new clothes, to tend to corporate butthurt. “Fidelity, Bravery, Integrity”

  • Goatse’s mighty gaping hole must gulp all those greedy corporate crackheads. Kirk be with you!

  • Hmm… bad news bears. Bad bad bad news.

  • When does the Free Weev campaign begin?

  • Nice rant. No, really, I mean it. Good point.

  • The major issue is a slow economy, lack of jobs …… we really need to get our priorities right and focus on targeted job creation.

  • I think obama say : we are not true

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