I've chatted with security wonks who work for the feds, and they're as sharp as anyone when it comes to hacking. It's the other cops who are the problem. All it takes is one weak link, and your entire op is compromised.
Anonymous knows this better than anyone. And now the whole world has been apprised.
In other hacking news: Somebody also pwned the home page of the Susan G. Komen Foundation last night. Earlier this week SGK stepped into an Internet hornets' nest when the news broke that it had rescinded nearly $700,000 worth of funding to Planned Parenthood because the group was under "investigation" by Congress.
I won't get into all the issues here (The Atlantic Wire has been doing a great job of following the story). But many people were displeased by what they saw as an attempted hijacking of the anticancer group by right-wing ideologues.
Among those people: The hackers who made a subtle change to the section of the site titled "Susan G. Komen Marathon for the Cure." Instead of saying "Help us get 26.2 or 13.1 miles closer to a world without breast cancer," for a few minutes the page read "Help us run over poor women on our way to the bank."
Bowing to pressure, Komen reversed itself this morning, saying it would continue to fund Planned Parenthood. The hack probably didn't have that much to do with that decision. But the Internet had everything to do with it.
Who else, if anyone, deserves to be hacked? Cast your predictions below or email me: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This article, "Tinker tailor coder spy? Anonymous strikes again," was originally published at InfoWorld.com. Follow the crazy twists and turns of the tech industry with Robert X. Cringely's Notes from the Field blog, and subscribe to Cringely's Notes from the Underground newsletter.