Found the answer to my question on kim komando's site:
Frantic Locker was first reported to spread via spam text messages and malicious web links. To avoid getting your Google TV infected, be careful when visiting websites using the built-in TV web browser. Additionally, checking email and clicking unknown links through your TV can also put it at risk. However, in Cauthon's case, it appears that his TV was infected by a rogue app. It goes without saying, please refrain from downloading and installing apps from unofficial and unknown app sources.
Don't install 3rd party apps, don't browse the web, don't check your email on your 'smart' TV. In short - don't do stupid stuff.
The Smart features on my Sony (with Android TV) are pretty worthless. The ARC will not pass Dolby Digital+ (only Dolby Digital) so I bought a Roku. They could also do away with the worthless TV speakers as far as I'm concerned.
Anyone know how this guy got infected? What features did he use? Email? Browser? Google store?
The EFF defines the legal standard for defamation as: Generally, defamation is a false and unprivileged statement of fact that is harmful to someone's reputation, and published "with fault," meaning as a result of negligence or malice
So the list the WaPo published presumably only included right leaning sites and it could be argued that the WaPo is not absent malice in opposing such sites whose views differ mightily from it's editorial board. The WaPo should have known the story was bogus as other newspapers did but it furthered their narrative so they went with it. Could it be considered defamation? Doesn't appear to be as open or shut a case as you intimate Mike.
I get most of my fake news from cable news channels.
I read the article through twice and couldn't find anything to disagree with. This represents a slippery slope to more overt censorship which is bad no matter which side of the political divide you reside on. Nice job Mike.
The issue is that the mass media has lost the trust of the American people. You can agonize about people not accepting the facts, but unless the facts come from a trusted source they won't be accepted. Fact checking is worthless unless there is some degree of trust the fact checkers, it's not that complicated.
A better column would be an analysis of why the mainstream media has lost the trust of the American people. (And no fair blaming it on stupid people, that's an elite cop out.)
I read WSJ, WaPo, NYT, Slate, Vox, Breitbart, Drudge, RCP, Politico, Fox, MSNBC, NPR, the Hill, and Townhall for political news. There are plenty of sites out there that cover politics. Very few sites cover technology, the surveillance state, etc. like Tech Dirt does. (IMHO, YMMV)
Tim - even though I agree with the premise of your piece, I'm wondering why it's on tech dirt. Is tech dirt just becoming just another political site? (albeit one that prides itself on not taking sides)
We've had this argument before when you tried to convince me that Vox was unbiased. I believe that only by knowing and acknowledging our own inherent biases can we break out of them and hope to glimpse the objective truth. I subscribe to and read conservative publications/sites and liberal publications/sites so I can see all sides of an issue. You're apparently convinced you're right, so no need to see the whole picture, no need to understand the viewpoints of the other side because in your mind there are no sides and there is only your side and you're right. Good luck with that. Consider me the loyal opposition. I'll keep reading because I like your opinions, they make me think, even if you can't admit you have an opinion.
First - you don't have a side? Sure, of course you would have been equally happy who ever won the election.
I'm not denying the Jews or Gays are fearful, I was saying that their fears have been stoked by media misrepresentations of Trump (who is not anti-gay or anti-Jew). It's the media's fault these folks are so upset.
I think tech dirt does a great job, or else I wouldn't even both to read it much less post. But it bothers me when you get too political. Thanks.
I live in one of the three counties in Missouri who went for Clinton. I know a few folks who are openly happy, but most are keeping their heads very low since violence against Trump supporters is a very real thing. Two of my neighbors houses got vandalized because they had Trump signs in their lawns. I've heard of many similar incidents where houses or cars were vandalized.
We're happy, but fearful of what the left will do. See the link below for reports of vicious attacks on Trump supporters that will never be reported by left leaning news outlets.
Your side lost, get over it (and don't tell me you don't have a side, your candidate may not have been on the ballot but your 'side' was).
Trump is right to blame the media for stoking the fears of the protesters. I've seen media reports of Jews scared for their life - totally unfounded since Trump's daughter converted to Judaism and his son in law is Jewish. I've seen reports of gays equally afraid, when Trump called out his support of gays at the republican convention.
I'll be happy when tech dirt goes back to railing against the cable companies and bad cops.
I get it, you're so overheated about this election that like most in the press, you can't not comment on things like this. I usually look to techdirt for something more than the same talking points regurgitated by most of the media. Take a deep breath Mike. The election will soon be over and TD can go back to wall to wall coverage of how evil the cops and cable companies are. I can't wait.
Wells Fargo has over 265,000 employees. 5,300 is less than 2 out of every 100 employees. Not to excuse what the bad employees did, which was despicable, but - 2 out of every 100. Can you name any organization where 2% of the employees might NOT be corruptible? Certainly not any government organization and sadly probably not most private corporations either. The path to hell is paved with situational ethics (i.e the company must want us to cheat since the goals are so unreasonable).
SPIN ALERT! You're buying into the democrat's spin that Trump asked Russia to hack Clinton's emails. He was asking them to RELEASE the 30,000 deleted emails that they would have if they had hacked Clinton's email. The FBI couldn't even find those emails and, according to Clinton, they are mostly about yoga classes and weddings, there is really nothing to worry about if they release them.