[Full-disclosure] Re: AOL data being mirrored everywhere
- From: "Mike M" <mkmaxx@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Tue, 8 Aug 2006 07:41:52 +0100
Are you n3td3v?? Why all the dr@m@?? he could sue you.
Date: Mon, 07 Aug 2006 10:49:20 -0700
From: "kaiser scapegoat" <kaiser_scapegoat@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Hi, all -
AOL released data for 500,000 out in the wild for 500,000:
Since it has been widely mirrored, AOL will next find a scapegoat so the
public will be more worried about those villains that dared to point out
problem and mirror the evidence.
Here is the instant recipe:
1) PR department reaches out to their media contacts. Journalists then
sensationalist story of "hackers" or "bloggers" who mirrored *your*
data. AOL worms out of responsibility for letting the data loose in the
first place by declaring war on the evil bloggers.
2) Now that there's no public support for the blogger, AOL can safely
a government agency into publicly denouncing the blogger. Since the
is clearly a danger to public safety, the government is allowed to ignore
all applicable law. After all their heart was in the right place, and that
matter's more than an individual's rights. Also, since the press is
committed to portraying the blogger as a villain, the government knows
they will never have to apologize if they make a mistake. The press has a
vested interest not to report the error.
3) Next AOL's team of corporate lawyers will file a lawsuit. It doesn't
matter if the lawsuit is frivolous - they are after the PR value of
"prosecuting on behalf of the public", and reinforcing to the media that
blogger who dared link to the info is the evil one. If the blogger is
weak, and has no media platform of their own, then AOL might actually win
the lawsuit by default, adding further legitimacy to their "public
4) The public doesn't understand that killing the messenger only
successful cover ups in the future. And as far as I can tell, they don't
care that there is a layer of people who corporations can calculate as
having no Constitutional rights in this country (if a person can't defend
their rights, they might as well not exist). AOL's "issues management"
is weaving these assumptions into their strategy.
Scapegoating worked for Kaiser Permanente. It'll work for AOL.
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