This is a post from a message baord I visit and it really kind of makes sense when you think about it.
I have completed my musing on this subject and I have the truth of what happened. Many of you wont believe me, but I am convinced I am right none the less
I was trying to put things together in my head and hadnt got the final piece, now I have. the last piece was WHY he announced it as he did, what was he aiming for. I had to really study the posts over and over to understand its impetus but I am 100% convinced its targeted AT the people who stole it.
The post by gabe Newell was designed to support the ruse he implemented.
Heres the scenario.
Gabe discovers someone has hacked his machine. They have logged keystrokes and are clearly loooking for HL2.
So what does he do? Naturally he is comprimised so he formats the machine. Obviously if you suspect virus or trojan you isolate the machine from the Intranet and if your security has failed you isioplate the Intranet from the Internet. So he does this.
Then he comes on a great idea. What if he lets the people THINK they have got him. they get decoy code, Gabe gets lots of Hype and Free advertising, sympathy AND an excuse for the delay and the late annoucnement. Killer manouver.
So they slap together some clever ruse code and they stick Gabes machine complete with bait onto the network connected to the web and they wait.
Now we have the aprt that was eluding me. The announcement. What is he trying to achieve. Firstly theres the step by step guide. Why?
Thats not normal, so why is he dojng it. he wants someone to know EXACTLY what happened in the setaling of the code. This to me says its trageting someone who already knows. he wants the thief to know it is them.
Second he thorws in Microsoft Outlook. Huge exploits and commonly know for being insecure and everyone likes to balme Microsoft. Easy, people arent going to question a weakness in security caused by Microsoft Oulook.
Thirdly the annoucement of the stolen code. IF it was real you would want to convince people it WASNT real wouldnt you? That way people are less likely to go after it.
If it wasnt real however you wouldnt mind them thinking it was. If you SET IT UP to be stolen yourself, you would want the people that stole it and everyone else to believe that what was out there was the real thing.
Bingo. There we have the Reality of Gabes annmouncement. its not an announcement at all its a very cleverly worder confirmation of soemthing he wants to be believed because he staged it this way.
He saw an opportunity and he took it. Clever boy Mr Newell.
On top of everything esle the little 'someone accessed my mail' throw away line also covers him for any emails he might have sent saying 30th september was still a go.
Its actually quite a clever ruse, but its a ruse for sure.
You have to admit my thinking on this makes very good sense. More than what gabe is asking you to believe