COMMENT: I looked at the indictment for Julian Assange which is freely available and am shocked that in the paragraph numbered 9, it specifically calls a ‘Linux Operating System’ a SPECIAL SOFTWARE for accessing part of a password.
I have always felt a certain amount of skepticism regarding the whole Assange affair and this seems to me to be the seeds of outlawing Linux users like myself. I would not be able to find my own password using a Linux CD.
REPLY: If you look at the allegation of Russian hacking the Democrats, you find it was just a phishing email requesting you reset your password. That was by no means a sophisticated hack by a nation state with huges resources. We all get this phishing email and it is a standard practice of a scammer who uses fraudulent emails or texts, or copycat websites to get you to share valuable personal information – such as account numbers, Social Security numbers, or your login IDs and passwords. Scammers use your information to steal your money or your identity or both.
The government is relying on the fact that the majority of people have no idea what these terms even mean. The allegation against Assange is absurd and it is as bogus as claiming the Democrats were hacked by Russia with a simple phishing email.