A fine is a price

TicketBastard Paying $10 Million to Defer Fraud Prosecution

"Ticketmaster employees repeatedly -- and illegally -- accessed a competitor's computers without authorization using stolen passwords to unlawfully collect business intelligence," U.S. Attorney Seth DuCharme wrote in a statement.

"Further, Ticketmaster's employees brazenly held a division-wide 'summit' at which the stolen passwords were used to access the victim company's computers, as if that were an appropriate business tactic," his statement continues, referring to what court paper's describe as the company's U.K.-based competitor. "Today's resolution demonstrates that any company that obtains a competitor's confidential information for commercial advantage, without authority or permission, should expect to be held accountable in federal court."

Uh huh. For some extremely limited definitions of "accountable."

In October 2019, Ticketmaster's former employee Zeeshan Zaidi pleaded guilty to a computer hacking conspiracy count related to the scheme. Another ex-Ticketmaster employer, ex-CrowdSource executive Stephen Mead, had been accused of hacking into his former employer's database in order to provide real-time information about its plans, according to a lawsuit filed some three years ago. [...]

In an unsigned statement, Ticketmaster expressed the desire to put the matter behind the company.

"I desire to put this matter behind us," says person caught with their hand in the till.

The California-based ticket sales giant will pay $10 million to avoid prosecution for those allegations for at least 3.5 years, until June 2024.

The five counts of the criminal information are conspiracy to commit computer intrusion, computer intrusion of a protected computer, computer intrusion in the furtherance of fraud, wire fraud conspiracy and wire fraud.

I had never heard of "deferred prosecution", and I'm still not clear on what it means, but it sounds like another way of saying plea bargain, where they pay a fine but there is no admission of guilt, finding of guilt, or any other consequences.

From the word "deferred" you would think that it means that in 3.5 years they could still be prosecuted for this crime, but it doesn't sound like that's the case.

A fine is a price.

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With Trump a no-show, Mar-a-Lago guests left to party maskless with Rudy Giuliani and Vanilla Ice

Jan 1 coming on with strong contender for "Headline of the year"

Guests who paid four-figures for tickets to President Donald Trump's annual New Year's Eve party were left to party with his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, his two adult sons and various figures from the conservative media -- none of whom wore masks. [...]

Without the President as the centerpiece, the wattage of Thursday evening's party was somewhat dimmer. Performers whose heyday came decades ago -- Vanilla Ice and Berlin -- performed from the ballroom's main stage.

Berlin, nooooo!!

Tables set for 10 people, with no social distancing, were clustered in the ballroom with white floral arrangements and candles encased in a sculpture meant to look like the New Year's Eve ball. The menu consisted of "Mr. Trump's Wedge Salad" -- the club has kept "Mr. Trump" instead of "President Trump" on the dish -- cheese tortellini and Wagyu beef.

Daily Beast:

Don Jr. seemed particularly enthralled by a performance by 1990s rapper and accused domestic abuser Vanilla Ice. "Ok this is amazing," Don Jr. wrote in a Facebook post that included a video of the has-been singing his hit "Ice, Ice Baby" while guests huddled together dancing.


I just saw video of Kimberly Guilfoyle dancing to Vanilla Ice as she shouted the words 'play that funky music white boy' and I'm not sure I will make a full recovery.

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My 50 most popular blog posts from 2020

These don't include my posts on the DNA Lounge blog, which are mirrored here as well. If I include those, then the top 20 are all DNA posts.

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Patch notes just dropped

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