No News Is Bad News

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Hackers reportedly took over the front page of the Lebanese newspaper Al Mustaqbal last week in order to publish names and addresses, along with ages and passport pictures, of 167 witnesses in a United Nations-backed Special Tribunal for Lebanon.

How sad that the hackers felt the need to hijack the website of anyone in order to post this information, if that was their sole intent.

How interesting that the hackers thought the front page of a news organization was the best location for such a deed.  As hobbled as news organizations are now by shaky business models, competition and pundits’ jibes, newspapers still seem to be the place to grab attention when social unrest needs a sure-bet platform.

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