Friday, March 03, 2006

 
From the comments......
Minnesota Democrats Exposed said...

You and the rest of DFL made it clear this week its OK to hack into GOP data.

Wikipedia definition of "Hacker"

Excerpt: hacker refers to a type of computer hacker who exploits systems or gain unauthorized access through skills, tactics and detailed knowledge.

Since no authorization was required to reach the data in question, calling Bob Collins's access of said data "unauthorized" is iffy at best. Put the data behind a firewall, or disallow directory browsing in its filesystem branch, or at least password-protect the file, THEN it's hacking to pull it up. But without real-world or academic experience with computer security, I wouldn't be so brash with such charges if I were MDE. Especially since Mr. Collins went out of his way to inform the consulting company that their proverbial fly was open before informing the blogosphere of the vulnerability and the data's apparent role in the CD scandal, I find your charges to be somewhat, shall we say, lacking in factual and technical know-how, and rather heavy on the "make as much noise as possible until the media leaves us alone" talking point.

While we're on that topic, I would like to discuss further your continued use of the strategy I outlined in an earlier post, in which you attempt to connect the DFL to "illicit activities" which were "committed" by Mr. Collins and his employer, MPR. The DFL and MPR are disparate entities. If there is to be a left-leaning tilt to the reporting we hear on MPR, one must wonder whether MPR reports a certain way because they are left-leaning, or if they are left-leaning because they see events and the personalities involved in them up close and personal, and cannot in good conscience agree with what they see from the Right side of the aisle.

But that's another post altogether.

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Blogger Minnesota Democrats Exposed said:
Mr. Collins did nothing of the sort.

"Especially since Mr. Collins went out of his way to inform the consulting company that their proverbial fly was open before informing the blogosphere of the vulnerability and the data's apparent role in the CD scandal, I find your charges to be somewhat, shall we say, lacking in factual and technical know-how, and rather heavy on the 'make as much noise as possible until the media leaves us alone' talking point."

While I may be a Republicans, my concerns are accurate and valid.
 
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Blogger MN Campaign Report said:
I'll make a deal with you, Michael. If you can admit that the concerns raised by Bob Collins's reporting on this issue (lack of privacy policy listed on the beta version of the CD that was sent, information being sent to the GOP and/or its contractors without the explicit or implied consent of the recipient of the CD) are valid, I will agree with you that Collins's accessing the data and subsequent publication of his findings, regardless of his course of action, was not the best thing he could have done.

That is one long sentence, and I apologize. But what do you say? Can we agree to disagree here, and admit that information privacy is an important issue for Minnesotan voters as well as companies and political parties, and that this CD should have had more work done on it before being made available to the public?
 
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Blogger Minnesota Democrats Exposed said:
I'll agree to that. Nice work, you're the only blogger I can agree with this week. Kinda scary!

All the best,

Michael
 
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Blogger MN Campaign Report said:
Indeed. When we put useless labels like Right and Left aside for a moment in favor of more potent ones like Right and Wrong, strange things do sometimes happen.

But I'm sure we'll pick up the Right and Left again, say, around 7 PM Tuesday night :)
 
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