Wires Crossed #26 – February 24

Hackers Respond to Sony Ban Threats

Hackers Respond to Sony Ban Threats
Last week on Wires Crossed we talked about Sony’s threats to those who hacked the software on the PS3, and how the company would ban people for life from the PS Network if they unlocked the software. Far from being contrite, it appears hackers have taken up arms. Not only have they not taken the threat seriously, they are going out of their way to help anybody who is banned to unban the account. Apparently our intrepid hackers have found a security hole that will let them do so. Maybe Sony should think about what these people do for ‘fun’  before announcing such a ban…

Facebook by Any Other Name
Okay, Okay, Okay – so celebrities go after some pretty kooky names – just ask Apple Martin or Fifi Trixibelle Geldof – but if Joe Average does the same thing it rarely makes the news. But when Facebook is claimed to inspire the Egyptian revolution, what can a man do but name his daughter after the website. So not only will Facebook Ibrahim now have a daily reminder of what occurred in her country during the months of January and February 2011, but more probable than not, will ‘face’ a lifetime of ridicule, too.  Then again, it could have been worse – she could have been called Twitter or Bebo.

Microsoft Wins Against Former Employee
Microsoft’s former General Manager For Worldwide Government, Matt Miszewski, future is in limbo after a Washington judge found in favour of the software giant, preventing Miszewski from taking up his new position at Salesforce as the Senior Vice President for Global Sales. According to Judge Kimberly Prochnau if Miszewski joined Salesforce he would be violating the non-compete clause in his contract he signed with Microsoft. So like any up-and-at-‘em guy, Miszewski hasn’t taken it lying down and is now blogging about open government and transparency on his fixingpotholes.com website. Hope he got a big payout from Microsoft to tide him over until the non-compete clause expires.

Woman Scorned Not Guilty
How do you get back at somebody who has sent you an abusive email? Why you post their phone number, photos and email addy on the “Casual Encounters” section of Craigslist. This is exactly what Elizabeth Thrasher did to Daniele Pathenos after the latter sent the former a nasty email calling her various names under the sun. Pathenos went to the police who charged 41-year-old Thrasher under a cyber harassment law introduced into the state of Missouri two years ago. Thrasher could have face four years in prison if found guilty, but the jury took only two hours to get her off the hook.