Hackers Brought Down By Their Own Leader

This is Sabu, the leader of LulzSec, the loose group of affiliated hackers devoted the stirring ideology, “Laughing at your security since 2011.”

 

Captured in June 2011 after he was identified by another hacker, Sabu (28-year-old Hector Xavier Monsegur) turned informant and has spent the intervening months helping ferret out members of both LulzSec and Anonymous.

Hold on a second while I come up with an appropriately somber and serious reaction:

Okay then.

Those arrests are now being revealed, and it seems as though law enforcement officers finally got it right, after suffering one humiliating defeat after another at the hands of hackers.

Law enforcement agents on two continents swooped in on top members of the infamous computer hacking group LulzSec early this morning, and acting largely on evidence gathered by the organization’s brazen leader — who sources say has been secretly working for the government for months — arrested three and charged two more with conspiracy.

Charges against four of the five were based on a conspiracy case filed in New York federal court, FoxNews.com has learned. An indictment charging the suspects, who include two men from Great Britain, two from Ireland and an American in Chicago, is expected to be unsealed Tuesday morning in the Southern District of New York.

“This is devastating to the organization,” said an FBI official involved with the investigation. “We’re chopping off the head of LulzSec.”

Both groups occasionally wrapped their efforts in high-flying rhetorical nonsense about fighting the power, revealing corruption, standing up for the little guy, and similar blah-de-blah. But, really, LulzSec’s name was the cue to their real goal: they were just in it for the LOLs. It was a kick–an adrenaline rush–for them to breach systems, particularly for targets with a lot of geek cred. Thus, they hacked lots of game companies like Nintendo and Bethesda, with the LulzSec-affiliated Anonymous managing to bring down the entire PlayStation Network for a month, stealing the information for 77 million users. (Anonymous denied this.)

Their efforts cost billions of dollars in damages and losses to companies, governments, banks, and just regular people. Their actions–indeed, their mere existence–has taken money out of your pockets. It’s hard to take seriously someone’s claims of being brave fighters for human rights and dignity when their signal accomplishment is keeping people from playing Killzone for a few weeks.

Oddly enough, a number of tech writers are greeting the news with … outrage. Gizmodo is the worst offender, labeling Sabu’s photo with the words “TRAITOR”; showing pictures of his home, front door and family; and using language normally reserved for mafia movies. Which is just … weird. (No, I don’t link to Gizmodo, or any Gawker sites.)

None of this will stop anything, of course, although it will slow things down for a little while, and give law enforcement new tools to use against hackers. Since hackers are notoriously averse to jail time, they almost always roll on their friend or turn into “white hats,” hackers for the government or corporations. Thus, the “new tools” law enforcement gains from these arrests are the hackers themselves.

Hackers aren’t the mafia, which might be damaged by a leadership vacuum. The mafia wishes it was that decentralized and technologically sophisticated. I know “chopping of its head” seemed like a great analogy for the FBI dude, but he might want to reacquaint himself with his Greek mythology.

“Sex is Not a Medical Emergency”

Thank you, thank you, thank you to Katrina for this righteously direct and clear blast of common sense at the contemptible forces trying to clobber the Church into submission over the contraception mandate. This is how you do righteous anger, people, so pay attention:

… Let me just put this out there for you right away. Sex is not a medical emergency. Sex is not a medical emergency. Sex is not a medical emergency. I’ll put your mind at ease; you are not going to die from not having sex.

However, you will die without blood pressure medications or insulin. So I ask – birth control of all things?! I mean of all the drugs out there that people actually need to survive, why something as selective as birth control. No one is going to go into heart failure, kidney failure or diabetic shock without their Yaz. So what the hell, people! I seriously don’t know how anyone can legitimately think free contraception is a dandy idea and a good use of tax payer and government funds.

I could have asked every single one of my patients what drug they would love to have for free and I can guarantee not a single one of them would’ve said, “Hook me up with some free condoms and pills, please.” Has anyone in our administration ever even met a sick person or someone suffering from a chronic disease and asked them what medications they would like Uncle Sam to foot the bill for? It’s like our government is letting drunk frat boys be our policy makers because those are the only people I can think of who would actually benefit from girls having free unlimited supplies of contraception.

Read it all.

Making sure you’re able to get yo’ freak on without cost or consequence is not only not the responsibility of the government, it is the exact opposite of the kind of responsible behavior the state traditionallywould encourage.

The chorus of voices raised against the HHS mandate has been loud and eloquent, so I won’t bore you by repeating arguments you know already. The Fluke sideshow has been nothing but a diversion. (And, gee, thank you for that, Rush Limbaugh! Now please get the hell off my side, because you’re not helping. I’m trying to remember the last time anything you did actually helped conservatism. Running your mouth 3 hours a day accomplishes nothing.)

The woman’s remarks throughout this entire affair have been almost incandescently stupid, making you wonder just what exactly are the standards for admission to Georgetown Law these days. Her arguments were easy enough to refute, but then a guy who’s about one step up from a morning zoo jock called her a slut and made her a martyr. Now we’re not debating her idiotic words. We’re debating things that a conservative man should already know: how to be a gentleman.

And if I hear one more guy say, “We can be nice after we’ve saved civilization,” I’m gonna plotz. We can do almost nothing whatsoever to “save civilization” on any vast scale, certainly not by debate with people who have fallen so far into ignorance and sin that they could actually debate the exist of “truth,” or deny the existence of “sin,” or claim the that the inviolability of the human conscience can be swept away by an ever-expanding list of wholly imaginary “reproductive rights”.

We can only show the better way to be. If you think it’s okay to act like a leftist* while trying to save conservatism (echos of Bush’s “I’ve abandoned free-market principles to save the free-market system”), then you don’t understand even a little bit about conservatism. We will win not because we will play as dirty as them or debase ourselves in order to prove point. We will win because we’re right, and we’re better than them.

Back to Katrina’s main point, however, which is this: birth control is not health care. Let me tell you about health care. Among numerous other medications, I have to take two shots each month in order to be able to function. They cost about $800 each. Without them, within a couple of months, my condition (psoriatic arthritis) would return, and my joints would begin to fail, first in my legs, and then in my hands. My skin would start to slough off, and within about 6 months to a year, I would no longer be able to walk or use my hands.

So, basically, I’m this guy:

 

This is not hypothetical or abstract. I’ve already lived through it. It’s an actual illness, it’s not “Hey, it’s Friday night and that guy in the quad is cute. Let’s get funKAY!”

The idea that some cosseted, privileged demagogue thinks a free n’ easy swingin’ lifestyle is something the state should pay for is simply insane. That’s not health care. Putting aside the entire debate about government controlled health care for all (rather than for the extremely needy few), is it even minutely sane to spend vital health care dollars on contraception while people get nickle-and-dimed about life-saving drugs? Because I can guarantee you that the person on state insurance who goes to his provider with a request for expensive treatments like Enbrel or Humira is going to be put through the ringer to prove medical necessity, and probably denied. Meanwhile, the women who have a “right” of consequence-free sex are going to get their drugs passed out like M&Ms.

Haven’t the universal healthcare people talked all along about the need for rationing life-saving treatments? We’re going to ration chemo, but not Yaz? Are you friggin’ kidding me?

And remember: this whole sideshow almost exclusively is about oral contraceptives, not barrier protection, so there is no illusion that we are talking about controlling sexually transmitted diseases. STDs haven’t even been part of the debate, probably because condoms are cheap and easy to get, and thus don’t require new “rights” to be carved out of the religious protections guaranteed to others.

This was never about healthcare, or reproduction, or freedom, or even sex. This was always–always–about beating the Catholic Church into submission. It was a cold bit of calculus by a president who has shown a deft ability at manipulating Catholics. His calculations were off, and the “left/right” fractures in the Church were not as strong as he thought they were.

And so the Fluke circus rolls into town, trying to return us to the preplanned narrative: the Church is bad, and it hates sex, and it wants to tell you what to do.

Another’s sin is between that person and God. I don’t approve of their sin, but my disapproval is irrelevant to both the sinner and myself. When they want to make me subsidize their sin, however, I become a party to it.

And I will not be a party to it.

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*I don’t refer to modern “progressives” or supporters of the Democratic party as “liberals.” They have long since passed beyond the noble roots of principled liberalism to embrace a suffocating statism that is indistinguishable from European socialism. Thus, they always will be regarded in these pages as “leftists.”

Likewise, I do not consider Republicans to be conservatives. (George Bush was not a conservative. Not even close. If you think he was, then either you weren’t paying attention, or you don’t know what conservatism is.) They are instead plutocrats in thrall to corporate interests, distracting people with endlessly multiplying wars.

No conservative or classical liberal would tolerate the platforms of either party, which seek to centralize power under an unholy combination of Big Government and Big Business.

Bigness is the enemy.

Holy Anger

“A Jesus who agrees with everyone and everything, a Jesus without his holy anger, without the hardness of truth and genuine love is not the real Jesus as he is depicted in the Scriptures, but a pitiable caricature. A concept of ‘Gospel’ that fails to convey the reality of God’s anger has nothing to do with the Gospel of the Bible. True forgiveness is something quite different from weak indulgence. Forgiveness is demanding and requires both parties, the one who forgives and the one who is forgiven, to do so with all their minds and hearts. A Jesus who sanctions everything is a Jesus without the cross, for such a Jesus would not need the torment of the cross to save mankind….

“Only when the relationship between truth and love is rightly comprehended can the cross be comprehensible in its true theological depth. Forgiveness has to do with truth. That is why it requires the Son’s cross and our conversion. Forgiveness is, in fact, the restoration of the truth, the renewal of being, and the vanquishment of the lies that lurk in every sin; sin is by nature a departure from the truth of one’s own nature and, by consequence, from the truth of the Creator God.”

Pope Benedict XVI (from Co-Workers of the Truth)

Found in: Benedictus: Day by Day with Pope Benedict XVI

Benedictus: Day by Day with Pope Benedict XVI