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WSJ gets wind of Operation Chokehold

WSJ gets wind of Operation Chokehold

It seems as if word of the Operation Chokehold is getting out and AT&T is concerned that on Friday, they are going to have a pickle on their hands.  What is worse for them is that it will be difficult to prove any form of criminality so it will be incumbant on them to take defensive measures.  In this case, defensive measures may mean crippling or shutting off data to a segment of the customer base thus necessitating expensive monetary credits.  This news is certainly not good for AT&T.  In some ways this will be a stress test of their data network.

Earlier, on worldnewsvine.com, I posted a pro-Operation Chokehold stance.  I now retract that statement, seeing as I failed to account for the possibility of interrupting life-saving and emergency communications.  In retrospect, I was wrong and AT&T has every right to call this irresponsible and take defensive measures.  That said, AT&T now must address the consumer data issue in ways other than crippling the plans.  They simply must be dragged kicking and screaming into upgrading their network.  If they refuse, Uncle Sam needs to step in and say, “Either you upgrade your network or face heavy fines and sanctions.” 

AT&T is a company that many people love to hate.  It is the last bastion of Ma Bell and is arrogant and complicit with the government in trashing our civil rights.  That does not mean we should be irresponsible in the same fashion and advocate a denial of service attack on the AT&T data network.  I was very wrong and apologize publicly for that.  I am one to say, “Two wrongs do not make a right,” and I will swallow a tablespoon worth of that advice.

henryhunter Posted by on December 16, 2009. Filed under Opinon and Editorials by Matt Schwartz,Science and Tech,Telecommunications,US CERT,US Criminal Justice,WorldNewsVine. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

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