In the aftermath of the Ashley Madison hack, and the publishing of the data of people signed up to the site, there have been some strange journalistic oversights.
Firstly, it is bizarre that print and broadcast media have not articulated with balance the reasoning behind the hack. The company responsible for the sites hacked charges to remove your data. Then they don’t remove it. Hence the hack. And among (you can start a sentence with a conjunction, I just did and no wormhole opened) the data published it was revelaed several civil servants who have used their official government e-mail addresses to sign up. I don’t know the names but I can guess which projects they are directors of.
And an MP. A female MP whose claims that an out of use e-mail was “harvested”. Well that would be odd. Because it would have been harvested twice. Once to access the cheating site, and then by the hack, which was to demonstrate that the company don’t delete data. Details from an elected representative were not forthcoming as to what purpose this “harvesting” might have had. Especially if it was out of use. Of course it remains unchallenged by a compliant media. But I would be wary of this MP. If she’s right, she’s been hacked twice and is a jinx.
The hackers message posted with the list stated
“Find yourself in here? It was ALM that failed you and lied to you. Prosecute them and claim damages. Then move on with your life. Learn your lesson and make amends. Embarrassing now, but you’ll get over it.”
But then, the mainstream media continues to portray Anonymous, for example, as wearing V for Vendetta masks. They did. For a particular campaign. To protect themselves. A useful way to spot someone who is not with Anonymous, is if they are wearing a V for Vendetta mask. Not that that matters, but they should take a look at the Me-Tooists post on this blog.
I don’t idealise hackers. But they, like everyone else, deserve honest reporting. Strange how UK journalists are scrupulous about doubting the veracity of hacking groups, but give undue credence to an equally shadowy organisation as ‘The Taxpayers Alliance’.They refuse to disclose who funds them. Which is ‘dodgy’. They have no mandate, can’t organise a march worth shit but still get so much press traction, it’s almost like a coup has taken place in the broadcast media. I belong to a Trades Union. By our very nature, we are all taxpayers. We are an alliance. Our funding, our leaders and our actions are governed by statutes. And there are more members of my union than any single political party, never mind whoever Taxpayers Alliance has in its shadowy ranks. If numbers is all it is, everyone take a seat. Time for working people to say, “Excuse me but what about my friends ?”
And while I’m about it, stop saying “public sector”. What does this mean ? Crossing wardens ? Firemen ? or consultant radiographers ? Of such a crass generalisation is what passes for journalism these days, no wonder we are where we are. Probably why the French rushed to a press conference to state without any hint of investigation that “The co-pilot was mad. And he did it.” And no-one asked, for example, “Is it true that French manufactured Airbuses are made under licence in China ?” No inference should be drawn there, by the way. The Chinese have an exemplary record on health and safety. And human rights. Just a shame no-one has the cojones to say, publicly, “Would you, for the love of Jayheezeus stop killing endangered animals for ‘medicine’. It really fucking isn’t.”