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RE: Meth and hacking?
From: "Chris DeVoney" <cdevoney () u washington edu>
Date: Wed, 10 Mar 2004 10:50:02 -0800

On Wednesday, March 10, 2004 9:44 AM, Steven Alexander wrote:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/4460349/

"The drugs and the crime fit neatly together; addicts strung 
out on meth can stay awake and focused for days at a time, 
making them expert hackers and mailbox thieves. And ID theft 
is easy money, the perfect income for drug addicts who have 
no other way to fund their habit."

Expert hackers?  WTF? 

Depends on how you define "expert" but I could accept Bob Sullivan's
defintion (although his idiot editor at MSNBC could have changed the
wording). 

According to the article, the theft doesn't start with an online activity;
it starts by stealing US Mail. The information is then successfully
exploited online. No, the person isn't an expert hacker, per sa; they become
expert at exploiting identify theft, just a fancy name for a thief.

But concentration and long, continuous effort working at a craft can improve
anyone's skills.<grin>
 
cdv

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