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(Gizmodo)   What do the United Nations, Halliburton, Church of Scientology, Lucasfilm, and Sega all have in common? They all downloaded the infamous facebook profile torrent   (gizmodo.com) divider line 37
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2010-07-30 06:03:18 PM
So... criminals really do use torrents?
 
2010-07-30 06:04:14 PM
Oh noes! My public information has been made public.
 
2010-07-30 06:05:35 PM
Wow, so the evil cult took it? I wonder if they mean to use the info for a new Star Wars film.
 
2010-07-30 06:08:05 PM
EngineerAU: Oh noes! My public information has been made public.

Pretty much this.
 
2010-07-30 06:08:35 PM
Droids [ ] Like [ ] Not what you are looking for.
 
2010-07-30 06:09:52 PM
You can google my information, but I don't do social sites... Anyone I want to communicate with, I already do, or meet through some other fashion. I still manage to have a number of Inet friends without the use of social sites.

/Social sites are for weenies
 
2010-07-30 06:10:44 PM
So did I.
There is really nothing in it that isn't already in a hundred other places as well, but I suppose it could be useful to someone cross-checking their data warehouse information to eliminate duplicate entries or something like that. Nobody is going to lose their identity over it who wouldn't already be otherwise compromised in that regard anyway. It is a non-issue.
 
2010-07-30 06:11:15 PM
Where's Microsoft?
/oh wait they already have that information with the ad deal with Facebook
//Don't even mention Google since they have 99.95% internet users profiles
 
2010-07-30 06:11:48 PM
The Hague? Since when did the English translation of a Dutch city become a major corporation? Maybe the International Court is downloading it to see if Dick Cheney posted anything incriminating on his Facebook page.
 
2010-07-30 06:12:32 PM
Just because a company is on the list, doesn't mean that it's a sanctioned download by the company itself to grab the user information for some purpose. It could easily just be some dude at the company who wanted to download the torrent himself to check it out.

Scientology restricts internet access to their faithful, lest they find out the truth about Xenu before they've been fleeced of all their worldly possessions properly trained as OTVII. If someone in Clearwater is downloading the torrent it ain't an overzealous staffer.

(or it's /b/tards hiding behind a fake proxy to fark with the Co$)
 
2010-07-30 06:12:59 PM
So basically, the more employees that a company has, the more likely that at least one of them will be screwing around with a specific file on the internet?
 
2010-07-30 06:13:25 PM
What kind of half-assed IT dept lets their users run bit torrent clients? It hogs the bandwidth and provides an attack vector for a lot of nasty viruses and botnets.
 
2010-07-30 06:18:06 PM
illogic: What kind of half-assed IT dept lets their users run bit torrent clients? It hogs the bandwidth and provides an attack vector for a lot of nasty viruses and botnets.

Hell, I accidentally double-clicked Team Fortress 2 at work the other day and the system detected it as a P2P program and permabanned my MAC address.

Fortunately that's a 5 second fix in OSX.
 
2010-07-30 06:21:02 PM
And one time PeerGuardian detected the Office of the President of Lithuania tried to connect to my computer.
 
2010-07-30 06:21:31 PM
EngineerAU: Oh noes! My public information has been made public.

Good point. The only public information I have is LinkedIn. Even there it is pretty useless and my name is pretty common, so no worries here.
 
2010-07-30 06:21:58 PM
sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net

They got what they paid for.
 
2010-07-30 06:22:06 PM
illogic: What kind of half-assed IT dept lets their users run bit torrent clients? It hogs the bandwidth and provides an attack vector for a lot of nasty viruses and botnets.

I worked at one place with a separate network specifically to test stuff like that. Of course, I also could open up whatever I wanted to do on that network, since it was basically just a sandbox setup anyway.
 
2010-07-30 06:24:16 PM
EVERYONE knows Scientology, teh Bible, and Lord of the Rings were the result of a bet! (new window)

FWIW at least no LOTR believer stopped me in the street asking for money or tried to steal my FB data.
 
2010-07-30 06:25:29 PM
Bill_Wick's_Friend: Just because a company is on the list, doesn't mean that it's a sanctioned download by the company itself to grab the user information for some purpose. It could easily just be some dude at the company who wanted to download the torrent himself to check it out.

Scientology restricts internet access to their faithful, lest they find out the truth about Xenu before they've been fleeced of all their worldly possessions properly trained as OTVII. If someone in Clearwater is downloading the torrent it ain't an overzealous staffer.


That's not nearly as true as you make it seem. There are many, many "faithful" with full internet access. A majority of them are offered a pay service that restricts their internet for them. Why they would want it, I'm not sure. However, to claim that "the faithful" can't access a torrent site is completely erroneous.

Wife is an ex-Scientologist (from family).
 
2010-07-30 06:28:31 PM
Apple Computer in 1984. (new window)

Apple computer in 2010? Downloads the personal information of 100 million unwilling people.

Sad.
 
2010-07-30 06:29:21 PM
bubbaprog: illogic: What kind of half-assed IT dept lets their users run bit torrent clients? It hogs the bandwidth and provides an attack vector for a lot of nasty viruses and botnets.

Hell, I accidentally double-clicked Team Fortress 2 at work the other day and the system detected it as a P2P program and permabanned my MAC address.

Fortunately that's a 5 second fix in OSX.


... Interesting packet shaping policy...
 
2010-07-30 06:38:02 PM
rabidferret: Apple Computer in 1984. (new window)

Apple computer in 2010? Downloads the personal information of 100 million unwilling people.

Sad.


Yes. Steve downloaded it himself.
 
2010-07-30 06:41:19 PM
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2010-07-30 06:41:39 PM
The Hague? WTF? War Crimes anyone?
 
2010-07-30 06:46:47 PM
Hypothetical Imperative:

Yes. Steve downloaded it himself.


I'm being flippant - the apparent incongruity between the article and the famous Superbowl ad amused me. Honestly, my first thought was something akin to what jagec posted above - it's probably just employees sneaking a peek at the facebook torrent while at work, rather than some nefarious privacy invasion by evil corporations.

/except the church of scientology
 
2010-07-30 06:56:15 PM
bubbaprog: illogic: What kind of half-assed IT dept lets their users run bit torrent clients? It hogs the bandwidth and provides an attack vector for a lot of nasty viruses and botnets.

Hell, I accidentally double-clicked Team Fortress 2 at work the other day and the system detected it as a P2P program and permabanned my MAC address.

Fortunately that's a 5 second fix in OSX.


But isn't spoofing MAC addresses now considered a terrorist activity?
 
2010-07-30 06:59:37 PM
haddie: That's not nearly as true as you make it seem. There are many, many "faithful" with full internet access.

I'm sure.

But working in a Scientology office with Scientology IP addresses? I'm guessing there's a lot of strict control over what goes in and out over their intertubes. Not a lot of recreational surfing allowed.

(or, as I said, it's someone spoofing their address cuz Anonymous thought it'd be LULZY to do so)
 
2010-07-30 07:07:25 PM
Why? They already OWN US!
 
2010-07-30 07:12:05 PM
rabidferret: Apple Computer in 1984. (new window)

Apple computer in 2010? Downloads the personal information of 100 million unwilling people.

Sad.


That woman is dressed exactly like a Hooters girl... wonder which came first?
 
2010-07-30 07:51:23 PM
Facebook is a public pillory for stupid people.
 
2010-07-30 07:56:20 PM
Organizations use lists of people and information about them to sell stuff? That is brand-new information!
 
2010-07-30 08:43:44 PM
Sega does what Ninten-won't?
 
2010-07-30 09:06:50 PM
They've all banged subby's mom, Amirite?
 
2010-07-30 09:24:29 PM
Can we use it to cross-reference cute single girls and karate black-belt dads? One can never be too careful about those things!
 
2010-07-30 11:26:35 PM
Shouldn't the tag read "Cult of $cientology." ?
 
2010-07-31 12:46:54 AM
FFS, my company is the first one on the list.
sigh
I wonder if they have people spying on my on fark.

FRAK!!!
 
2010-07-31 01:00:03 AM
I wonder how many of the companies on the support MPAA and RIAA jihad against Bittorrent, Pirate Bay, etc.
 
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