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Chester Bennington's Stalker:

Speaking of Linkin Park, the latest issue of Wired has an interesting story about how a techie at the Sandia National Labs cyber-stalked LP frontman Chester Bennington. It's good to know that someone working at one of the nation's top-secret nuclear research labs can spend their time infiltrating the life of a celebrity, taking over e-mail accounts, and the like, and evade detection for so long.

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JosephSlater (mail):
I read that article too, and assuming the information in it is accurate, it's disturbing on a number of levels.
6.10.2007 2:57pm
elChato (mail):
Two things leapt out at me:

1) the stalker was a government employee with top security clearance who had time to spend 7 hours a day cyberstalking because her actual job "only required about 30 minutes a day of work;"

2) the government's response was stunningly cavalier from the beginning- when they learned this activity was associated with their servers they seemed to have simply assumed that they weren't involved; they were slow to investigate; they appear not to have much monitoring in place for the activities of their staff; and seem to not care all that much about these issues even now. It's fitting that the same lab is the one that had to pay $4 million to a guy they fired because he exposed Chinese penetration of their systems. The incompetence is just staggering.
6.10.2007 3:31pm
ReaderY:
It makes perfect sense in light of classic free-market incentives. Penetration of the security system doesn't cost these individual's supervisors their jobs; other people hearing about such penetration does. What do you think

These peolpe engaged in the behavior which they were market-incentivized to engage in. Their behavior was correct as incented; any problems with their behavior was solely a problem with the structure of their incenctive scheme. If one advocates market incentives as a solution to all problems, then dissociate onesself from such incentives' obvious and logical consquences. Otherwise, one has to admit there are some problems it cannot solve.

Either market incentives aren't a complete solution to the problem of an appropriate motivational basis for society, or we shouldn't be surprised to find that loyalty to ones country, among other commodities, can purchased at an appropriate price.
6.10.2007 4:11pm
David M. Nieporent (www):
ReaderY: wow, that managed to be a complete non-sequitur. Of course market incentves aren't a complete solution to anything. But the actions here were criminal. Governmen isn't a complete solution to anything, either.
6.10.2007 4:58pm
Michielle Ingram:
I feel sorry for Chester and Talinda Bennington. I couldn't even imagine what it must have been like to have a stalker, going through all their personal information. It must have been so aweful. I read a posted comment, saying how Talinda never looks happy when she's with Chester, and now it makes sense. She wasn't happy at all. She never knew if someone was watching her every move. Would anyone else really be happy at that point. I think not!! Plus, I couldn't believe that the company in which the lady was working for didn't even care what she was doing! In fact, never made it difficult for other people at that facility to follow her footsteps. Everyday I find people are truly f**ked up! People are in need serious psychiatric help! That's all I have to say about that! Have a great day!
6.13.2007 6:31pm