Why are cheap iTunes cards for sale?

Source: Inside the Shady World of Cheap iTunes Gift Cards – StumbleUpon

I always wondered about those places that offered to sell a $200 iTunes gift card for a ridiculous low price. It seemed to me to be shady, so I avoided it. However the author of this article did it, and tried to share the research that he found. It wasn’t much.

Basically the bottom line is that since it is just a code it is untraceable by the end-user. I don’t like supporting anything that feels illegal. There are plenty of legal things have terrible consequences like diamond mining, so we don’t need to add misery to the world to save a few bucks.

What seems very selfish to me is that the people who I have seen are the most stingy are the richest. Very few people are like Warren Buffet who has given away so much to charity. Those are people who are singularly good people. They could surround themselves in whatever fantasy they wish, but the fact that Mr. Buffet drives a normal car and lives in a humble home is just an incredible message on the value of money.

Sometimes the most effective actions are concrete behavior that people do. Words are so easy to say when someone is insincere. What is moving is when people live out their values by acting on what they believe. To me, not adding to crime is the first test of being a responsible and rational consumer.

Now stolen data can be quickly found

New technology protects customer privacy while it crawls the Dark Web for data compromised in corporate breaches.

Source: Terbium Labs Finds Stolen Data Before It Gets Sold – StumbleUpon

This is amazing. A private and secure way for companies to discover if information has been traded/sold in almost real-time. This will really cut down the time for hackers to be caught I hope.

What amazes me is that hackers have such an ability to hide on the Internet. It must be hosting companies, ISP’s, banks that allow these criminals to do business. We hear each day of companies that were negligent in dealing with crime. Bernie Madoff for example triggered some warnings by executives but those were ignored.

Crime doesn’t happen just by itself but by everyone who allows it to occur. As a society we pay for crime in so many ways. When I worked for a hosting company part of the job was to lookout for illegal activity. Those were against the terms of service. Why am I bringing this up? Some employees allow illegal activity by not having the proper amount of computer professionals who can monitor the system. They say “they didn’t know” but how can they know when the computer professionals are overworked just trying to maintain the system?

If society is serious about stopping crime then we need to hold decision makers responsible when crime occurs at a company. Otherwise what is the incentive? No one pretends that companies with a financial penalty really change behavior. When they make more money by breaking the law, what are people who are concerned with this quarters stock results going to do? We set up a system and then act like we don’t know how it works.

We can stop crime, it’s just clear that those who profit from it do not want to.