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Attrition ends Dataloss — NOT!

UPDATE: This was a belated April Fools’ from the Attrition people, which clearly suckered me in.’s Lyger has announced the end of Attrition’s Dataloss project (presumably including both the DLDOS and Dataloss mailing list).

In the past few weeks, it has come to our attention that
too many people are more concerned with making a profit off of our work
without any offer of acknowledgement or compensation. For those who aren’t
familiar with Attrition, we’re a non-profit hobby site that takes on
“projects” as we see fit, when we want to, and when we have time. For
those who *are* familiar with Attrition, you probably know that we don’t
take kindly to being dealt with unfairly. Commercial entities, including
“identity-theft prevention” upstarts and book authors, will gladly contact
us, ask for information and advice, and then not even offer us the
equivalent of a reach-around when selling their materials. We don’t pimp
our resources to others; they come to us. Unfortunately, more often than
not, they won’t even send us a “thank you”. We’ve mentioned it in the
past, but we’re not going to mention it in the future. This is the last

It’s too bad that leeches have spelled the end of this resource. Hopefully, others will step into the breach (pun intended), and offer something similar. Ideally, this would be done by an organization with the inclination and legal muscle to enforce a license requiring proper attribution from those using the material.

4 comments on "Attrition ends Dataloss — NOT!"

  • jericho says:

    Most of the announcement was dead on, and it does get frustrating. But, the 4/11 joke and the reference to ‘one number off’ was pretty subtle as far as Apr Fool jokes go. =)

  • Dissent says:

    You weren’t the only one suckered in, Chris. I saw the post on Infowarrior and blogged about it in Chronicles. Adam Dodge of ESI also blogged about it.

  • rick f says:

    Well, my comment when i posted to infowarrior-l was fairly “meh” in its tone….noncommital, not believing, not not believing, just “meh, whatever.” 🙂
    after all, the best hoaxes have more than a bit of truth to them, as we all know!!!

  • Adam D says:

    Excuse me while I wipe this egg off my face and recover from this great joke…

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