If the account really was hacked, then... maybe. They've stated in public now that they closely monitored the account activity. So if it was hacked and these messages were being sent over a long period of time, why didn't they notice them?
Either they lied about monitoring it (which would probably mean it's more likely they know their daughter really sent them) or they monitored it and failed to stop it. Saying that in public was insanely stupid.
The sheriff's a total idiot. He's already punished the parents, simply by arresting their daughter, causing them national shame. If that's not enough he needs to simply focus on making sure the daughter is convicted, by building the case against her till it's rock-solid. Something he should be doing anyway.
The parents may be vile human beings (likely are, the girl had to learn it somewhere), but do this correctly. If you don't, you risk the case falling apart entirely and no one being punished. Punish the girl and parent's punishment follows. They obviously believe she's a perfect angel, so seeing her convicted of a crime like this is going to hurt them BAD.
Or Lavabit sent hashed passwords and the US government wanted to install a device to do a man-in-the-middle attack, pretending to be Lavabit's authentication server, but really just saving all information typed and passing it along to the real authentication server to authenticate the user. They could have done a perfect one, demanding Lavabit provide their SSL certificates for the MITM device to use so no one would notice.
I think that's more likely, Lavabit focused enough on security it's unlikely they were sending cleartext passwords over the wire.
* Putting code which will attempt to invade the computer of one or more users, as was done this month on Freedom Hosting, by the FBI or the NSA.
I gotta say, I still don't understand that. Because they put it up indiscriminately on all the sites Freedom Hosting hosted, including all the most definitely not illegal ones (like TorMail), the resulting data they got is totally useless. They couldn't (or maybe that's shouldn't) be able to even use it to get a warrant, because they have no way to prove the IP in question actually was trying to access a site with illegal content (like child porn) instead of something like TorMail. The reality of the situation would be "well Your Honor, we have this IP that might have tried to access a child porn site, but it might not have and we'd like a warrant..." I can't see that flying in even the FISA court.
So either it was incompetence on a grand scale, or someone didn't think things through very well...
I agree she should have seen it, and been aware of it, but my impression of the statement was that the NSA simply hadn't given the full report to the committee. Which would seem to fit their pattern of making sure there's no oversight by not providing any information to the overseers.
I actually kind of hope that's what happened, because it's now making the NSA's more ardent supporters look like total idiots and they're going to get mad at the NSA for causing that. It's a most excellent way for the NSA to lose their supporters in congress.
You could probably manage to fly or take a boat to Canada or Mexico then drive across the border. But that's still not guaranteed (and expensive). It's ridiculous innocent people have to go through that.
I'm pretty sure the system setup they're talking about is an initial connection to link to Xbox live's servers and such. I think the Xbox360 has something similar. While I don't trust Microsoft, even with this about face, I don't think they're talking about a connection every time you add a new game.
In fact they specifically say that trading, buying used and renting games will all work. This implies no activation per game.
What I don't get, does the comcast IP belong to a broadband customer contract vs. an IP you get with a server? Can customer IP's be that static?
I don't know if it's a business or consumer class connection, but Comcast in my area (in Tennessee) practically gives out static IPs to consumer connections. Mine changes maybe twice a year at best, and seems to go along with major maintenance periods so they probably were redoing some network routing anyway when it happens. So it's quite possible it's a consumer connection and has had the same IP for a looooong time with Comcast.
All the idiocy about how the lack of used games will cause price cuts is dumb. There's people who complain about people who use Steam don't buy new games when they're released because they wait for the price cut.
And you can bet that if they succeed in killing the used market and it's no longer there to use as the whipping boy, they'll be turning on Steam and its sales next. Prices won't go down, there will always be some new excuse.
You can always lower the price after release, but you can't increase it.
Sure you can, it's called a sale. You put the new game on sale for a few days to boost sales and get buzz about the title, and it goes back up to regular price afterward. Steam does it all the time with games, admittedly not with new releases usually.
They just don't want that, in their minds selling it for less means less profit. The games industry overall seems to not understand that you can make more money from higher volume. They seem to think it's all higher per-unit profit or nothing at all. At least Valve gets it with Steam, but they're unusual in that regard.
Right, they don't lose value from use, but occasionally lose value from age (although, some might even say they increase in value in other ways).
Some games DO increase in value. If it's a popular game, and new copies are no longer available, it tends to be hard to find even a used copy so the price goes way up.
If you make a good game, it'll have value, even if you stop selling it and the market goes totally to used copies. If your game is crap, it'll end up in the bargain bin unable to sell for even a couple of bucks.
Oh, and take this egregious tenuously related dig: I bet EVERY ONE of those savages played violent video games until they could do it in real life. How could violent games possibly lead to any other behavior than savagery?
Once again Blue ignores any evidence contrary to his predetermined beliefs.
Even knowing OOB's history, I took that part of his comment as sarcasm, as in taking a dig at the people (including many cops) who claim that violent video games make people do violent crimes. Basically saying that since the police apparently beat this guy to death they must have been playing violent video games to cause them to do such a horrible thing.
Sadly I wouldn't be surprised to see them try that as an excuse if this ever goes to trial.
Comcast Sports Net should be ashamed of themselves for 1) Not being loyal to an employee and 2) Giving the public a bullshit excuse of their actions and expecting us to believe it. This is disgusting.
Being loyal to your employees went out a looooooong time ago. Nowadays it's all about abusing your employees to make as much money as possible, firing anyone who dares complain (but always done in a way that it can't be proven so the company can't be successfully sued over it) and looking at the short term picture ONLY. Employees are now just so much cattle, there to make the upper management rich. That doesn't excuse the behavior, but it is the norm in the US now.
You're quite correct that it's disgusting. Someday this is all going to come back and bite companies though. Having no loyalty to your employees works both ways, they also have no loyalty to you. At some point in the future it's all going to fall apart when the remaining employees don't care enough to keep the company from failing. But all the current upper management will be long gone with all their money, so they won't care. It's kinda like a Ponzi scheme, only with employment.
I manage a couple of servers, I just checked that site for the IPs of them all, and one server it has listed. But... It's configured to not allow recursion except to a limited set of IP addresses that are other servers specifically allowed to access it for DNS lookup. I just tested it and it is NOT allowing recursion to other addresses, so it's working properly.
Apparently BIND reports that recursion is enabled, even if it's not available for the IP address doing the check. So how many of those servers are like mine, allowing recursive lookups for only specific IPs and not doing recursion to the Internet at large? Those servers aren't part of the problem.
The site seems to recognize this but not explicitly, only saying that of the 27 million servers they list, only roughly 25 million post a threat. If they want the owners of servers to fix things, they need to provide more information than they have available. Hopefully this is just a hurried attempt to get the site up and they'll be adding more info. Otherwise I suspect it's going to be useless in the goal of reducing the number of open resolvers.
The problem is that the "carrot" is exclusively decided by the prosecutor, the same person applying the "stick". As we saw in the Aaron Swartz case, this may not have anything to do with fairness. What if the carrot here is plea-bargaining to a minimum of 20 years in prison and Brown hasn't agreed yet because he thinks that's extreme? (Even if Brown did everything he's accused of I'd consider that extreme myself.)
The problem is that prosecutors, by deciding both the carrot and the stick, and piling on more and more charges, are becoming judge, jury and executioner. They're deciding who gets punished and for how long. And they seem to have no sense of fairness what-so-ever, so the system is falling apart completely.
Brown's probably guilty of quite a bit of stuff, but if the prosecutor feels the need to pile on charges past 90 years worth of prison time, then the "carrot" he's determined Brown should plead to is probably too extreme. And that's wrong, punishment should be commensurate to the crime, no matter what the crime is.