That would be an interesting headline to see. Even more interesting is the fact, as far as I know, that we haven’t seen it. For that, there should be consequences. Rant below the fold. Not work safe. Grrrrrrrr.
Julian Assange and his Hactivists can kiss my ass. Did you hear that? KISS MY FUCKING ASS!!!! I’ve gotten more “your password was compromised” emails in the last day or so than I’ve ever seen since the beginning of the Internet. Why? Because you have the maturity and perspective of an overtired baby with diaper rash.
Item: According to their own Rhetoric, Julian Assange is a spokesperson for Wikileaks. A spokesperson. Need I use the word “mere” in this sentence? As a spokeseperson, he is of no consequence to Wikileaks, so any importance I may attach to Wikileaks need not transfer to Julian Assange. In other words, he is replaceable.
Item: Julian Assange has achieved “I want to have your baby” cult status among self styled anarchists, net freedom symps, leftists of all sorts. Amongst these folk, and I generally count myself one of them (except I tend to lean farther left than most) are the so called “Hactivists.”
Item: The Hactivists have carried out activities, oh behalf of Julian Assange, that have caused several of my own personal accounts to be compromised.
Let me explain that a bit further. As a bloggger and science communicator, I’ve found it convenient to get a user name and password for all sorts of on line entities, such as gawker, linked-in, etc. etc. I therefore have more of these accounts than I’m even aware of, and they all run off a limited set of emails that I don’t use for other purposes and they all use passwords that I don’t use for anything that I consider important. In other words, if someone hacks my Gawker.com account, they can do nothing with it of any consequence to me. I could care less about Gawker.com and if one can do something to them… they’re the ones that let the hactivists in the back door, after all. It turns out that for some reason many of these accounts are linked to each other, so the hacking of the Gawker.com accounts has lead to the indirect hacking of others. On top of this, we are starting to see emails form nefarious spammers (perhaps the same hackers as the hactivists?) asking for one’s user name and password in order to ‘fix’ this problem.
So, when I add these three Items together, I get the following gut reaction: Julian Assannge can hang, for all I care. He will not have my support under any circumstances. I will not post requests for funding to help him out of his legal troubles, I will not buy him a beer if I meet him, I will not expend any energy to support him in any way. As far as I can tell, his people have taken it upon themselves to steal my password, an act of vandalism which is the annoying and damaging result of an infantile conniption.
Some of you will undoubtedly jump in and point out that Julian Assange has nothing to do with the hactivists. Bullshit I say. First of all, he has not denounced them, has he? Secondly, the same people who insist that Assange and the Hactivists are unconnected will also claim that the CIA or the US State Department has everything to do with the Swedish Charges against Assannge. So, while you’all are making up your mind as to which tenuous connections you want to insist you know to be real vs. which you insist you know to be fake, I’ll simply repeat my declaration: Julian Assange and his hactivists can kiss my ass.
My collective answer to all the emails I’m getting from various on line organizations telling me what I need to do to reset my password: Delete my account from your files. Now. I’ll be back when I feel safe, and you won’t be aware that it is me if and when that happens.