msnbc, font of unbiased knowledge and fair reporting, had the following story:
Hackers try to cause seizures on epilepsy site
Web forum bombarded with links to pages with rapidly flashing images
This story is offensive to me on quite a few levels. Let’s look at some of their ‘facts’ and how they present them:
- Computer hackers are criminals, motivated by greed, who are thieves and extortionists.
- Hackers used an exploit to deface the Epilepsy Foundations web site and insert malicious graphics that could cause seizures and migraines.
- Either enough people have placed cats into bags and thrown them over clotheslines to have created an adage that Paul Ferguson, a security researcher at antivirus software maker Trend Micro Inc., heard and casually used it in conversation or Paul Ferguson is a sick mother fucker.
- A similar hacker attack disabled text reader software for some blind and visually impaired people.
Lets break down some of these items and see exactly what’s underneath this bullshit they call journalism. (more…)