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(USA Today)   Looks like the hacking hammer's fallen on several "News of the World" editors, including Andy Coulson and that dude who looks like Carrot Top   (usatoday.com) divider line 32
    More: Followup, Andy Coulson, Rebekah Brooks, Milly Dowler, human beings, Heather Mills, Crown Prosecution Service, News of the World, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom  
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2012-07-24 02:06:53 PM
RIP Phil Coulson

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2012-07-24 02:08:41 PM
His name was Phil Coulson
 
2012-07-24 02:09:48 PM
David Cameron: "Andy who?"

I also wonder if Rupert Murdoch's resignation from several UK News Corp properties is directly related to this, or just a part of the general effort to separate the tainted UK properties from everything else.

Also: the Mirror and Star properties are now being drawn in? Oh my. Could this finally bring down the no-holds-barred tabloid paper culture in the UK?
 
2012-07-24 02:09:59 PM
3.bp.blogspot.com

RIP John Coltrane
 
2012-07-24 02:10:01 PM
I'm not sure that "hey, let's see if this guy's voicemail PIN is still set to the default" really counts as hacking.
 
2012-07-24 02:10:01 PM
meatloaf had tits
 
2012-07-24 02:11:13 PM

BretMavrik: I'm not sure that "hey, let's see if this guy's voicemail PIN is still set to the default" really counts as hacking.


Sorta like saying "let's see if this person left their front door unlocked and if they did that must mean we can take anything we want."
 
2012-07-24 02:12:31 PM
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2012-07-24 02:12:33 PM
img171.imageshack.us

RIP Rebekah Brooks
 
2012-07-24 02:13:42 PM

BretMavrik: I'm not sure that "hey, let's see if this guy's voicemail PIN is still set to the default" really counts as hacking.


If the access is unauthorized, it probably applies. If you don't change your email password from 12345, and I log in using your credentials, I've committed a crime regardless of whether you had the foresight to add a 6 to your password/PIN or not.

Given the scale and the clearly planned nature of the operation, there is almost no question of the intent behind the unauthorized logins. Even "who knew and when did they know it?" is coming out, and it's ugly. The current prime minister is friends with some of the people charged; one was a member of his staff for a time.
 
2012-07-24 02:14:42 PM
There's a dude, other than Carrot Top, who looks like Carrot Top?
 
2012-07-24 02:16:52 PM

austin_millbarge: BretMavrik: I'm not sure that "hey, let's see if this guy's voicemail PIN is still set to the default" really counts as hacking.

Sorta like saying "let's see if this person left their front door unlocked and if they did that must mean we can take anything we want."


I'm not excusing them, I'm just saying that we're not dealing with criminal masterminds here. This makes them no more of a "hacker" than using the key I find under someone's doormat qualifies me as a lock-pick.

In addition, by reporting it the way they do people get the sense that, "there's nothing I can do in the face of these sophisticated schemers out there", when in fact all you have to do to foil 99% of them is change your PIN.
 
2012-07-24 02:16:56 PM
A friend of mine's voice mail password was 1-2-3-4. I was drunk and figured it out one night so I went in and changed the prompt language to Spanish. He never mentioned anything about it and I didn't want to admit to breaking into his phone, so I'd log back in every week or so and set it to Spanish again. Turns out he had to call customer support like a dozen times, got a new phone, broke his contract, moved to another carrier, and still the damn thing kept switching to Spanish. Finally, he spent the big bucks and bought Rosetta Stone and learned the language. Then I started changing the prompts to French and we started all over again. He's fluent in eight languages now, so I don't see how he can be pissed at me.
 
2012-07-24 02:17:01 PM

thelordofcheese: There's a dude, other than Carrot Top, who looks like Carrot Top?


Yes, the dude who looks like him.
 
2012-07-24 02:17:21 PM
Headline kinea blows.
 
2012-07-24 02:19:22 PM

spentmiles: A friend of mine's voice mail password was 1-2-3-4. I was drunk and figured it out one night so I went in and changed the prompt language to Spanish. He never mentioned anything about it and I didn't want to admit to breaking into his phone, so I'd log back in every week or so and set it to Spanish again. Turns out he had to call customer support like a dozen times, got a new phone, broke his contract, moved to another carrier, and still the damn thing kept switching to Spanish. Finally, he spent the big bucks and bought Rosetta Stone and learned the language. Then I started changing the prompts to French and we started all over again. He's fluent in eight languages now, so I don't see how he can be pissed at me.


LOL
 
2012-07-24 02:21:05 PM
www.phosphorart.com
 
2012-07-24 02:23:27 PM

dave1y: kinea blows


www.kinea.nu

Had to Google kinea. Too old.
 
2012-07-24 02:28:20 PM

BretMavrik: I'm not sure that "hey, let's see if this guy's voicemail PIN is still set to the default" really counts as hacking.


Yup, it really does. Recording someone over the phone without telling them also counts as wiretapping.
 
2012-07-24 02:29:20 PM
She has a LOT of red hair.
 
2012-07-24 02:41:42 PM

spentmiles: A friend of mine's voice mail password was 1-2-3-4. I was drunk and figured it out one night so I went in and changed the prompt language to Spanish. He never mentioned anything about it and I didn't want to admit to breaking into his phone, so I'd log back in every week or so and set it to Spanish again. Turns out he had to call customer support like a dozen times, got a new phone, broke his contract, moved to another carrier, and still the damn thing kept switching to Spanish. Finally, he spent the big bucks and bought Rosetta Stone and learned the language. Then I started changing the prompts to French and we started all over again. He's fluent in eight languages now, so I don't see how he can be pissed at me.


Brilliant. Now on to some of the disappearing languages like Kiowa and Manx. You are singlehandedly saving the world....
 
2012-07-24 02:42:59 PM
i46.tinypic.com

I think she looks like someone you could have a lot of fun with. You know, the nasty kind of fun. Really yummy nasty fun.
 
2012-07-24 03:17:54 PM
And the "hammer" is nobody's penis in this case.
 
2012-07-24 03:39:49 PM
www.showtickets.comwww.showtickets.com

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2012-07-24 03:52:43 PM
I'd bang Brooks. I don't even really find her attractive, but she looks like she knows her way around a penis.
 
2012-07-24 04:12:30 PM

HotWingConspiracy: I'd bang Brooks. I don't even really find her attractive, but she looks like she knows her way around a penis.


this
 
2012-07-24 04:41:24 PM
Hope he got her scapegoat contract in writing. It would suck if Murdoch decided not to pay after shes out.
 
2012-07-24 04:54:32 PM
When is Piers Morgan going to jail?
 
2012-07-24 05:44:52 PM
It's obligatory to bring up the "Dress up as Harry Potter in a 9/11 conference" incident whenever Brooks is brought up.
 
2012-07-24 07:13:49 PM
Those charges mean nothing until either, or both, happen:

a) jail / prison for years, not months (no out early for good behaviour)
b) huge ass fine

In other words, those charges mean nothing.

/ did not rtfa
 
2012-07-24 08:32:13 PM
and that dude who looks like Carrot Top

mouth -> tea -> keyboard

Bravo, subby.
 
2012-07-25 11:44:57 AM

BretMavrik: austin_millbarge: BretMavrik: I'm not sure that "hey, let's see if this guy's voicemail PIN is still set to the default" really counts as hacking.

Sorta like saying "let's see if this person left their front door unlocked and if they did that must mean we can take anything we want."

I'm not excusing them, I'm just saying that we're not dealing with criminal masterminds here. This makes them no more of a "hacker" than using the key I find under someone's doormat qualifies me as a lock-pick.

In addition, by reporting it the way they do people get the sense that, "there's nothing I can do in the face of these sophisticated schemers out there", when in fact all you have to do to foil 99% of them is change your PIN.


Unlike the guy who stole the nude pics of Hollywood celebs, who guessed passwords, that's not how NotW did it.

Some carriers bypass the pin requirement when you access your voice-mail from that phone. They spoofed the phone IDs to match that of the people they wanted to investigate.

This is not "finding a key under the doormat", which is still illegal, this is "making a double of the key to get in".
 
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