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Re: City apologizes for ORBZ shutdown....

  • From: David Schwartz
  • Date: Fri Mar 22 17:27:53 2002


	I love it:

"The detective had no reason not to believe he was pursuing a hacker when he 
issued a search warrant," Reen said. "The purpose of the search warrant was 
to determine the identity of the person who sent the email that caused our 
system to fail so we could then determine whether further investigation would 
be necessary."

	So now, instead of the legal system being the last recourse when reasonable 
people can't settle their differences, it's the first place you go. No wonder 
we're such a litigious society.

	I think there's a tiny bit of an actual operational issue here. Apparently, 
some people don't understand how to interact with each other about Internet 
issues that cross providers. If there had been an actual malicious hacker, in 
the time it took to get a search warrant and talk to ORBZ's attorney, many 
other sites could have been compromised and the logging information needed to 
track the perpetrator could have been lost.

David Schwartz
<davids@webmaster.com>

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