Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 8th Dec 2010 12:16 UTC
Internet & Networking It looks like several companies are learning what happens when you mess with the internet - and they're learning it the hard way. Several major companies have been hit by the collective powers of Anonymous after 4chan launched several distributed denial-of-service attacks. What many have been predicting for a long time now has finally happened: an actual war between the powers that be on one side, and the internet on the other. Update: PayPal has admitted their WikiLeaks snub came after pressure from the US government, and Datacell, which takes care of payments to Wikileaks, is threatening to sue MasterCard over Wikileaks' account suspension. Update II: Visa.com is down due to the attack. Update III: PayPal has caved under the pressure, and will release the funds in the WikiLeaks account.
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RE[5]: Hmmm
by elsewhere on Thu 9th Dec 2010 07:45 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Hmmm"
elsewhere
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Would you be OK with me obtaining your name and social security number and releasing it on the internet? After all, that's simply government information, everyone has a right to see it, right?


I get where you're going and don't disagree, but I'm going to play devil's advocate and point out that there should really not be an issue with publishing an SSN. It is a government record and simply serves as a unique identifier and validation for US citizens to streamline processing of government services. It was never designed to be a form of strong authentication, and it's simply bad policy that allows the SSN to be abused in this way.

If a list was published with every US citizen's name and SSN, it might spark the gov't to reconsider the whole concept and come up with something more secure that would prevent the private sector from utilizing it in an unsecure manner and risking personal identities.

I'm a realist, so I agree with your point, but just thought I'd throw that out there...

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