Sherlock: The Reichenbach Fall 2012
11th Doctor: The security is absolute.
Clara: It’s never about the security, it’s about the people.
Doctor Who The Bells of St. John 2013
The plot final episode of the second season of the British series Sherlock revolves around James Moriarty’s determination to destroy Sherlock Holmes, who he refers to as “Sir Boast a Lot” in a fairy tale, however the preface to this plan involves his breaking into three of the most secure places in England, namely the Bank of England, the Tower of London and Pentonville Prison at the exact same time. This produces a subplot concerning the method he used to do so after he fails to take anything in the breakins and is furthermore acquitted in seven minutes :
Sherlock: You’ll never need to take anything ever again.
Moriarty:JIM: Very good. Because …?
Sherlock: Because nothing … nothing in the Bank of England, the Tower of London or Pentonville Prison could possibly match the value of the key that could get you into all three.
Moriarty: I can open any door anywhere with a few tiny lines of computer code. No such thing as a private bank account now – they’re all mine. No such thing as secrecy – I own secrecy. Nuclear codes – I could blow up NATO in alphabetical order. In a world with locked rooms, the man with the key is king; and honey, you should see me in a crown.
Sherlock: You were advertising all the way through the trial. You were showing the world what you can do.
Moriarty:: And you were helping. Big client list: rogue governments, intelligence communities … terrorist cells. They all want me. Suddenly, I’m Mr Sex.
This is an excellent description of how the world views Anonymous who seemingly is able to hack governments, banks, newspapers, etc etc etc. Somehow this little band of genius have the world by the throat if they want it.
An that brings us to this story:
A jury has found former Tribune Media employee and social media news maven Matthew Keys guilty of three computer fraud felonies related to a 2010 defacement of the Los Angeles Times website by a member of the Anonymous hacking group.
On its second day of deliberation, a jury in U.S. District Court in Sacramento this afternoon found Keys guilty of all three counts levied by prosecutors, who first indicted Keys in 2013. He was fired from his position as deputy social media editor at Reuters shortly after his indictment.
Keys shared logon credentials of the Tribune company’s content management system, then also used by the L.A. Times, with an Anonymous hacker, along with the instruction to “go f— some s— up!”
and the lesson it teaches about the hacking group. A lesson that even Sherlock didn’t get to the frustration of Moriarty:
Moriarty:: No, no, no, no, no, this is too easy. This is too easy. There is no key, DOOFUS! Those digits are meaningless. They’re utterly meaningless. You don’t really think a couple of lines of computer code are gonna crash the world around our ears? I’m disappointed. I’m disappointed in you, ordinary Sherlock.
Sherlock: But the rhythm …
Moriarty:: “Partita number one.” Thank you, Johann Sebastian Bach.
Sherlock: But then how did ...
Moriarty:: (speaking over him): Then how did I break into the Bank, to the Tower, to the Prison? Daylight robbery. All it takes is some willing participants. I knew you’d fall for it. That’s your weakness – you always want everything to be clever.
You see Anonymous WANTS you to think they are each Jim Moriarty with the intellect of a Steve Jobs thrown in when they don’t have to be. They’re just good at finding angry or careless idiots. All they need to hack someone are one of three things.
1. A person with a very weak password or a big mouth
2. Somebody pissed off enough to give the a login of a system
3. A system with a lazy administrator.
This puts an exclamation points on the #1 rule of security. DON’T GIVE YOUR PASSWORDS OUT OR GIVE ACCESS TO THEM OUT TO ANYONE!
Now because I don’t have my own server I’m dependent on Go Daddy to keep my logon password safe, but If I’m ever hacked it’s going to be because of some careless ass at GoDaddy or Twitter or Amazon, not because these hackers are a bunch of super villains.
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