Many have suggested that a FAQ section be created.
- Q: What happened at Farmer Insurance Group (2009)?
- A: It is a long story, the short version. A manager for Farmers Insurance hired myself to better organize the web database into a spreadsheet that was neatly ordered into names, address, phone numbers, and social security numbers of the customers. I did everything except the social security number part because I wasn't sure of the legal status of doing that. For a few months, I tried to contact someone else at Farmers Insurance about the legally of that or if that information was so suppose to be available like that by design.
When I finally threaten to go the news media about it, I got connected with the top officers at the company. They explained that no one should have access to any customer's social security number, but I was trying to show them it was wrong assumption. Soon afterwards, instead of fixing the issue, they called the federal government and told them I had stolen their customer data which contained tens or hundreds of thousands of social security numbers. Soon after the Secret Service break in with a search warrant looking for those social security numbers. The Secret Service only took my workstation at that time. After many months and many visits to the Secret Service office in Nashville, the case was finally closed for being a waste of time and resources for the Secret Service and my workstation was returned damaged. No charges were ever filed and the case dropped.
- Q: Do any of the IP Address in the search warrant belong to you?
- A: Not a single one, not even close. The IPs used for the company and myself start in the 75.146.X.X range.
- Q: Were you running a TOR exit node?
- A: No exit node, ever.
- Q: Are those your cats?
- A: No, the cats belong to someone else at a different address. The Secret Service did take pictures of our cats though.
- Q: Is that the inside of your house?
- A: No, although the Secret Service did go around and photograph every wall in the house while they were here.
- Q: Do any of the flash drives belong to you?
- A: I have not seen any of the flash drives myself, so my answer is No.
- Q: Are you still involved in BitCoin?
- A: Years ago I was, but not today. I am actually involved in a completely different project over at timekoin.org and have been for years.
- Q: Why the financial issues?
- A: The Secret Service came in a few months ago and a lot of important and expensive stuff has been missing since. It is difficult for any business to survive if all of its operating equipment is taken and not returned. Ask a local plumber what would happen if someone took his truck and all the tools used for the trade.