Sunday quickies November 9, 2008

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Stolen credit card data for sale in user-friendly web shop

Zembla, the news show of Labour broadcaster VARA, bought stolen credit card data from a Russian website and used those data to purchase goods. Director Ton van der Ham told Webwereld: “The site is hidden behind a login. You can search credit cards by country and card type, and then you select a data package which you can pay for online. It’s almost unreal.”

The program got permission from the credit card holders before making the what Webwereld calls “fraudulent” purchases. Either Webwereld knows something about fraud that I don’t, or it’s trying hard to become the Telegraaf of Dutch tech news sites.

In 2006 investigative news show Zembla took claims of 9/11 conspiracy theorists serious by testing them. It concluded most of the claims were unfounded. The show is also famous for “exposing” (the news was not news to a limited circle) that politician Ayaan Hirsi Ali had lied in her asylum claim, which led to her resignation from parliament.

Serious satire

Perik is a copywriter who, when he noticed that he could write 2000 words about anything, decided to quit and become a bartender. The writing bug has never left him though, and now he is blogging satirical pieces at Sargasso. And darn it, he is good! Today he caught me unawares with his (fake) report about a banned ad in which fathers are encouraged to spend more quality time with their children. The ad is titled: “Who is this whiny broad anyway?” and in Perik’s world raised a storm of protest from the child protection board, which, as everybody knows, “has been campaigning for a radical feminization of the child rearing domain for almost a century.”

Disclaimer: the entire 24 Oranges editorial team has shared alcoholic beverages with Perik, so our conclusion that he’s a good egg might be somewhat clouded by the aforementioned beverages.

What Dutch space travel would look like

(From a 1983 ad for pot plants.)

Via Trendbeheer. Disclaimer: we’ve also shared alcoholic beverages with Trendbeheer contributor Jaap Verhoeven. At the same parties! What can I say? We like our drinks, and we go to the right parties.

4 Comments »

  1. A classic among German jokes on the Dutch: The Dutch could have been much more advanced in space travel, if only they’d found a way to hook up a caravan to the space shuttle…

    Proost!

    Comment by Eric — November 9, 2008 @ 3:07 pm

  2. Ah Perik, saw him early this year with his son. Very refreshing!

    @Eric: you still on about that caravan joke?? :)

    Comment by Orangemaster — November 10, 2008 @ 10:16 am

  3. Hi Branko, alcoholic beverages? The kind which passes as (social) drinks, or did it constitute (illegal) drug abuse? Not to claim my innocence per se, I may be accused of illegal Sargasso use according to some big heads over there, for example…

    Comment by Trendbeheer contributor Jaap Verhoeven — November 30, 2008 @ 11:24 pm

  4. My mind’s fuzzy on the whole what was being drank thing.

    Comment by Branko Collin — December 2, 2008 @ 8:21 am

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