Sources: FBI, Reuters
quote: The ONLY reason he is going to jail is because he embarrassed a fortune 500 company who then cried foul to the FBI. Then the FBI raided his place and the prosecutor presented a twisted interpretation of the Computer Fraud & Abuse Act to the jury to make it stick.
quote: So you decide to walk in and take a few things. You know its wrong, there is 0 question if it is wrong, there is 0 question you are violating a law, yet you do it anyway.
quote: Would he be going to jail if he privately disclosed the flaw to AT&T and released no data (or even better, didn't write a script to brute force data scrape once he realized what he had)?
quote: The sad thing is though this guy did it for "fame".
quote: He knew exactly what he was doing, he knew it was wrong.
quote: e also hacked nothing, simply discovered a wide open door he could walk in and take whatever he wanted. Actual hackers must hate these guys sharing their label.
quote: It's similar to going to a local business, and finding they are closed for the day, but realize they didn't lock the door. So you decide to walk in and take a few things.
quote: ou know its wrong, there is 0 question if it is wrong, there is 0 question you are violating a law, yet you do it anyway.
quote: The only entity who has done anything wrong in this case is AT&T, for deploying that sorry excuse of a webservice in the first place.
quote: If you leave your car door unlocked with the keys in the ignition, and the car gets stolen, then yeah it's your fault. But that doesn't mean the thief didn't commit a crime.
quote: People who say the "police state" is just some kind of leftist/right-wing (your choice) propaganda,
quote: ask yourselves why the U.S.; supposedly the most "free" nation in the world imprisons more of its people than ANY other nation?
quote: this is not what defines a police state
quote: prison labor for the private sector was legally barred for years, to avoid unfair competition with private companies. But this has changed thanks to the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), its Prison Industries Act, and a little-known federal program known as PIE
quote: ALEC helped pioneer some of the toughest sentencing laws on the books today, like mandatory minimums for non-violent drug offenders, “three strikes” laws, and “truth in sentencing” laws. In 1995 alone, ALEC’s Truth in Sentencing Act was signed into law in twenty-five states. (Then State Rep. Scott Walker was an ALEC member when he sponsored Wisconsin's truth-in-sentencing laws and, according to PR Watch, used its statistics to make the case for the law.)
quote: ALEC has also worked to pass state laws to create private for-profit prisons, a boon to two of its major corporate sponsors: Corrections Corporation of America and Geo Group (formerly Wackenhut Corrections), the largest private prison firms in the country. An In These Times investigation last summer revealed that ALEC arranged secret meetings between Arizona’s state legislators and CCA to draft what became SB 1070, Arizona’s notorious immigration law, to keep CCA prisons flush with immigrant detainees. ALEC has proven expertly capable of devising endless ways to help private corporations benefit from the country’s massive prison population.That mass incarceration would create a huge captive workforce was anticipated long before the US prison population reached its peak—and at a time when the concept of “rehabilitation” was still considered part of the mission of prisons.
quote: in 1993, when Texas State Representative and ALEC member Ray Allen crafted the Texas Prison Industries Act, which aimed to expand the PIE program. After it passed in Texas, Allen advocated that it be duplicated across the country. In 1995, ALEC’s Prison Industries Act was born.
quote: Prison labor has already started to undercut the business of corporations that don’t use it. In Florida, PRIDE has become one of the largest printing corporations in the state, its cheap labor having a significant impact upon smaller local printers. This scenario is playing out in states across the country. In addition to Florida's forty-one prison industries, California alone has sixty. Another 100 or so are scattered throughout other states. What's more, several states are looking to replace public sector workers with prison labor. In Wisconsin Governor Walker’s recent assault on collective bargaining opened the door to the use of prisoners in public sector jobs in Racine, where inmates are now doing landscaping, painting, and other maintenance work. According to the Capitol Times, “inmates are not paid for their work
quote: “It’s bad enough that our companies have to compete with exploited and forced labor in China,” says Scott Paul Executive Director of the Alliance for American Manufacturing, a coalition of business and unions. “They shouldn’t have to compete against prison labor here at home.
quote: People who say the "police state" is just some kind of leftist/right-wing (your choice) propoganda, ask yourselves why the U.S.; supposedly the most "free" nation in the world imprisons more of its people than ANY other nation?
quote: Really? Put out private information of high-level government employees in other countries, you might be BEGGING to be placed in jail compared to the alternatives.