Note that I am not putting a link to this Vice article in Twitter itself, as the company is being pretty damned prickly about how allegedly the bitcoin hack happened because of somebody on the inside participating. Which just adds a certain something to this entire Carnival of Bad Decision-Making, doesn’t it?
I don’t blame Twitter for pulling the plug on the blue-checks, mind you*. The kill switch is there for a reason. But, for everybody else (and for the love of God):
- Don’t work with hackers to give them access to user accounts.
- Don’t trust those hackers to keep their mouths shut.
- Don’t commit this level of fraud.
- Actually, don’t commit fraud, period; but really don’t commit it at this level. People are gonna go to jail over this. The real jail.
- Yeah, they will go to jail over this, because thanks to a certain prolific Tweeter the NSA will have an excuse to look into it. Don’t make the NSA notice you. Don’t don’t don’tity don’t don’t.
- And if you do do this, don’t talk about it to the press. What possible benefit would that be?
Here endeth the lesson.
*I do blame them for letting this happen, of course. Or at least I expect them to fire whoever hired the alleged inside crook.