Don’t Talk Trash on Slack

A PSA.
March 2, 2017, 3:58pm

Here's a portrait of Hell:  It's 2018. An anonymous hacker finds a way to get access to Slack's servers and decides to make off with everyone's chat logs and private messages. Then, that person decides to put it all in a 50 gigabyte .zip file and makes it downloadable on Pastebin. Just like that—probably overnight, and without any warning—every bit of petty shit you've ever typed into Slack is now the world's business.

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On Thursday, hacker Frans Rosén found a bug that let him—as well as less well-intentioned folks—log into anybody's Slack account using a malicious web page. Slack fixed the bug within hours. Will it be handled so quickly next time?

That time you and your coworker gabbed about your boss's bad breath; the DMs you sent about picking up weed for a Friday night out; all the times you complained or boasted about traffic on your site… Everything could get out there.

I can't say for sure that this will ever happen, but at this point it's safe to say that it's a possibility at the very least.

There's only one thing to do, I guess: Don't talk trash on Slack.

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