#1 By: Xeni Jardin, September 20th, 2013 15:16
#2 By: Kango Ru Foo, September 20th, 2013 15:21
This is straight up crime. I hope they convict these criminals with the same vigor as they do some poor script kiddie.
#3 By: lost boy, September 20th, 2013 16:26
Well, they wouldn't be very good spies if they didn't have direct access to foreign telecoms, would they? I always kinda assumed that British Intelligence has front door access to most of this stuff, that's what I find strange.
#4 By: Karl Schulte, September 20th, 2013 16:42
Outside of their own borders they are just common criminals.
#5 By: fuzzyfuzzyfungus, September 20th, 2013 16:45
How can we defend Snowden, now that his leaks allow Terrorist Belgians to roam the streets freely, terrorizing the innocent?
#6 By: Yama Ploskonka, September 20th, 2013 19:11
@xeniPlease, if you mean "cracked", use that word. As a member in good standing of my local Hackerspace, I do mind that the word "hacked" is used in the context of criminal activity. With most ignorant journalists and wikipedia I have no recourse. Within the Boingboing community I am glad I do, and I am sure others share the sentiment. Thank you.
#7 By: Stephen Frost, September 21st, 2013 23:59
...conducted under the codename "Operation Socialist," ...
The intel community is really running out of ideas for operation codenames, aren't they? What's next; "Operation Anarchy"?
#8 By: Anthony Vicari, September 23rd, 2013 09:00
Ok, I admit it, I don't understand the distinction you're making. Is it a legal/illegal issue? A matter of the intentions of the one doing it? Please explain, if you can. Some history or links would be helpful too.
#9 By: Yama Ploskonka, September 23rd, 2013 11:05
Sorry, anthonyC. You may compare "Hacker Ethic" and "Hacker" in Wikipedia. If you dig the history of the latter, you will find my attempt to fix it, the response, including a peculiar "Wikipedia's policies cannot be changed" response by the reverter - which made me quite disheartened with Wikipedia. I know it's just somebody's opinion, but it felt like a very sad thing, if any WP policy ever is writ in stone.
See also Jargon File "hacker" entry. And, of minor import maybe, see http://atxinventor.com/2012/03/hacker-or-cracker.html
During the summer I volunteered with a kid's robotics camp. I wanted to tell them about our Hackerspace here. So I asked if they knew what a "hacker" is. Yes! Yes! "a hacker is someone who gets into your email". Sad. Most of us do understand the difference, why it matters to use the right one especially in publication, and I hope you will support that too
#10 By: Anthony Vicari, September 23rd, 2013 19:33
Thanks! That's helpful, actually. I'll try my best to remember in conversation and writing. It's funny, I now realize I get them write as verbs, but not nouns.
#11 By: Xeni Jardin, September 25th, 2013 15:17
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