Privacy Police

Finding a Laptop in the Trash is Not the Same as Hacking


From the department of hackneyed plot twists comes today’s New York Times story about Goldman fall guy Fabrice Tourre.

Turns out the Grey Lady had long term access to Fab’s emails. Was it through some crack investigative reporting?

Nope, turns out an artist found his laptop in the trash and, after seeing Fab’s name in the paper, started handing the correspondence over to The NYT.

This led Felix Salmon to ask the question: does this constitute hacking by The New York Times? Read More