oly Shnikeys! Did I just see a section named “Conscience vs. Commerce”?! If I wasn’t so disgusted by everything cyberthug what Cyberhero Krebs calls “ne’r do wells”, I’d maybe almost could muster anything but contention for any of ’em. Nah, I take that back…
Interested by the sentence, “Responses to the proposal were mixed, with one forum user calling the plan ‘amoral,’ and another pointing out that cybercrime is inherently an immoral affair.”, particularly because I had never heard of the word “amoral” LOL I did a google[dot]com search for “amoral vs. immoral” and the first listing was a grammarly[dot]com entry:
“Amoral means (1) neither moral nor immoral, or (2) lacking moral sensibility. So while immoral and amoral might share a little common ground, there is a clear distinction: immoral things are bad, and amoral things are either neutral from a moral perspective or simply removed from moral considerations.”
So that’s basically having a conscience of convenience or having character that only REALLY shows its true nature when you’re SURE no one else is watching….
These people will be (and probably already are) cyberpimping out their grandmothers and/or grandchildren by virtue of cyberpimping having been “simply removed from moral considerations”; I mean look they even made me say “cyberpimping”, which even just writing feels immoral, twice (oops now thrice) for the first time ever in one sentence that was supposed to be about cyberamorality… LOL
So either way you look at it, Cyberhero Krebs, looks like the answer is still “commerce…” 🙁 Keep fighting the good fight BK, you and Schneier are legends in my book (and by book I don’t mean MS Word or Google Docs or even MS Notepad, I mean one of those spiral notebooks with lines in it that you write on with a pen and isn’t USB, wifi, mobile, etc. – line-height and margins already come preset; you share by ripping out pages; you delete by also ripping out pages but then crumpling them up and throwing them in a trash can – and if you want it shredded you tear up the page into pieces before crumpling; if you want encryption you use pig latin; you alternate color pallets by using different pens and if you want clipboard functionality you use a pencil with an eraser; if you want authentication and timestamping write yer f^cking name and the date in the top right corner of the page; and finally, if obfuscation is your concern, just write like I do and half the time you won’t be able to pretty-print any of it your own damn self)