Thursday, April 20, 2006

Cyber Wars Never End Pretty

It is tempting to talk about chickens coming home to roost, but I won't.

What Michelle Malkin did was wrong.

What is now alledgedly being done to Michelle Malkin is also very wrong.

Cyber Wars never end pretty.


Anonymous said...

Not sure I understand ther reasoning here. The students made their personal information public through a press release they put out there with their PII (Personally Identifiable Information). Michelle then reprinted what they had already put out there.

There is a difference between reprinting information made public by people themselves and posting private information not agreed to by the person on the web.

griftdrift said...

The point Adam is two fold. First, as several journalist have said, press releases almost always contain contact info. This info is routinely purged before the release is reprinted.

The second point is not that Malkin linked to the release initiailly. It's here actions after the students realized what happened. Instead of doing what I consider ethical and moving on, she decided to continue flogging the injured. That's where she crossed the line.

The fact is that if the public knew how easy it is to get personal information off the internet, most would turn their machines off and never come back. Ebay would probably go tango uniform the next day.

It doesn't make it right. As someone who has been personally "drilled" I can say that it is no fun.

griftdrift said...

Oh almost forgot. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts.