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Published 5 years ago by mtnrg with 4 Comments

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  • Appaloosa
    +4

    But...but...she said it would be just between us!

  • skolor
    +3

    Interesting note: from the sounds of it, this was done by a contractor brought in at some point.

    “We’re on the doorstep of [confirming] who we believe is the culprit, and unfortunately that may have triggered this mass publication,” Biderman said. “I’ve got their profile right in front of me, all their work credentials. It was definitely a person here that was not an employee but certainly had touched our technical services.”

    “You did everything you could, but nothing you could have done could have stopped this.”

    I'm just connecting a bunch of dots, but it sounds like a contractor was brought in, saw this "delete" option as something scummy since they were required to keep credit card records, and decided to "go public".

    As an aside, this sounds like a plot point from Mr. Robot.

  • Civil
    +2

    I'm conflicted about this. I'm glad it happened because people who cheat on their SO are scum, but I hate the thought of people's personal information being leaked to the world.

    • skolor
      +3

      It seems pretty straightforward. To someone out there, you are scum. There's probably entire communities, with people with the skills necessary for this type of attack, who would think you are scum, whether its because of the color of your skin, the food you eat, your religion, your politics, or even just the businesses you frequent. I can just as easily see someone publishing a list of all this data for iPhone users, for taking advantage of "chinese slave labor", or Amazon users, for similar reasons.

      The idea that someone should be punished because they don't meet your personal moral compass is a fairly dangerous line to walk down.

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