Monday, June 21, 2010

LIGATT, Goatse Security, and Common Freakin' Sense...

Well - it's been an eventful few weeks - and as most of you have noticed I haven't been writing as much.  There is a reason for this: I am spending a good deal of time blogging for the primary blog of my employer (link at the bottom) where I am adding significantly more value to the community than my rants here have of late.

That being said  - let's make no mistake - I'm still going to blog here and express opinions and clue you guys in on stuff that I think you should read ...so here we go.

  1. LIGATT - Congratulations, Gregory Evans, you've now officially become a household word in the security community... although I'm sure it's not the way you intended.  Today on Twitter a new definition of a "ligatt" was born ...and it's a verb meaning "to make up something so far fetched that when examined, it unravels. For example, 'I drove my car to the moon today' ".  That little nugget comes from @dicipulus on Twitter folks - brilliant.  I know many of you have had a good time bashing these people - but I swear I'm still waiting for someone to pop up and yell "April Fools!"...
  2. Goatse - You, dear iPad email enumeration-script-builder, get the SuperPwn award.  You've not only shown a pretty clever little hack (ok, this really isn't a hack but whatever) - and at the same time made millions of people go Google goatse ... you win, twice.  Enjoy the prison sex.
  3. Common Sense - Currently apparently stuck on the tarmac awaiting extradition back to the land of reality.  What the hell is the world coming to when we can't even get the concept of vulnerability research disclosure down to a reasonable amount of circus?  This is sickening.  I refuse to perpetuate the stupidity others have already pointed out but what I'm going to instead point out is this - how much control over your private time does your employer have?  What can you do on your private time that your company/employer cannot fault you for?  I guess that all depends on the paperwork you signed when you joined right?  Where does the line of employer-employee relationship end and someone's private life begin?  This goes way beyond the fact that the media "journalists" in technology are obviously bored and need something to stir up controversy so they pick this Google vs. Microsoft sore to poke at ...really?  I think there's more to it than that ... my private life is my private life - and whether I choose to publicly blast a company's stupidity or not on the Internet should be of no concern to my employer as long as I make it clear the opinions are mine only and I do it on my own time.  Right?
Anyway ... it's just sad what passes for news lately, and how pathetic things have gotten.  I guess I'm thankful that I have an employer who can still tell the difference between my private time and private life and my job.  Anyway ... love to hear your comments as always via Twitter or here over over email.

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