February 19, 2005

Choicepoint - "largest database on earth can't say what happened"

Gary North lashes out with some choice snippets: "According to ChoicePoint, there was no announcement because law authorities prohibited it." OK, so maybe they wanted to set up a sting. They're the good guys, and they're in control, right?

Well, Gary goes on to say: "Here is what is arguably the largest data base company on earth. It can't say what has or has not been breached. It is now four months after the breach took place."

Lots of other fun stuff. It's a bit early to tell - Gary also grumbled oddly that there has been no coverage - but this has the potential of becoming a major forest fire. Right now, the brush is burning brightly, the critters are restless, and the trees are shivering in anticipation.

Posted by iang at February 19, 2005 02:18 PM | TrackBack

It sure would be tough on ChoicePoint if Eliot Spitzer had account data from CA revealed :^)

I am waiting for the lawsuits. I *really* want to see what comes out in discovery about this, and I'm sure the other players in the information aggregation space do, too. This thing breaks the right way, and they'll be clamoring for the opportunity to "self-regulate" in order to better "serve the public". That the temptation to permit this should be strenuously resisted by government need hardly be stated. Show these firms that it's either regulation via legislation, via executive branch administrative oversight, or via the courts, and they'll be begging for choices 1 and 2.

Posted by: Chris Walsh at February 19, 2005 03:47 PM

Wow, Gary North... that's a voice from the past. He was probably the single most famous, vocal, vociferous and extreme Y2K doomsayer in the world. His site was Doomsday Central, with article after article on how the net would collapse, governments fail, planes crash, factories go out of control, banks shut down, people be reduced to barter and savagery. Stock up on guns and gold, beans and rice, that was his advice. Prepare for the end of civilization.

Boy, he sure disappeared after that. I wonder how long it took him to crawl out from under his rock?

Posted by: Cypherpunk at February 20, 2005 02:10 PM
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