Dear hackers: You broke the Internet, now fix it

The rash of attacks on Twitter, Facebook, Apple, and others can mean only one thing: Hackers are in control. Let's see how they deal with that.

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According to the HitmanPro blog, a number of NBC.com sites were compromised to serve up malware that turns any visitors’ system into a botnet zombie.

The Zendesk customer support service database was breached, spilling email addresses and more for customers of Twitter, Pinterest, and Tumblr.

Have I left any out? Probably.

So I’m here to say that I, for one, welcome our alien hacker overlords. Game over. You won. But now that you’ve bollixed your favorite plaything, you need to fix it.

I’m serious. Think how much better things would work if all these talented code monkeys used their powers for good and not evil. They could certainly offer better customer support than most companies do. Maybe that’s why Zendesk got targeted.

So the next time my crappy cable Internet connection goes on the fritz (ie, in about 17 minutes), I’m not calling Time Warner, I’m calling you, Mr. Anonymous.

Hate Facebook’s latest privacy sapping feature or Apple’s incessant iTunes updates? Send a tweet to AntiSec.

And when Elon Musk wants to call a New York Times reporter a liar and a fake, he needs to take that up with Wen Jiabao.

Spammers nearly destroyed email; now hackers threaten to do the same to the Web. If they’re going to treat the Net as their own private playground, the least they can do is clean up afterward.

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