November 30 (PS)

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palli-dlSaturday was a strange day in the Republic of Iceland

 

Just after midnight a hacker in Istanbul broke into Vodafone Iceland’s computers and stole passwords and sensitive SMSs (Short Message Service) from ministers and the lovers of some people’s partners’ . Within no time, it was up on Twitter and Facebook.

 

Vodafone is Iceland’s second largest phone company. I am one of their customers.

 

But who uses SMS today when we have WhatsApp, Instagram or Snapchat? And you have Bump, Flock, Flickr, Viber, Line, HeyWire, IMO, TextMe, KakaoTalk, Tango, WeChat, all free for texting. 

 

In the afternoon, our beloved Prime Minister, Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson, along with the Finance Minister, Bjarni Benediktsson, presented the government’s new debt relief plan for homeowners in Iceland at Harpa conference center.

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On Monday morning there was a heated debate here at the Iceland Review office. Was it good or bad?

 

The real problem in the Icelandic economy has not gone away: the Icelandic Króna.

 

We need to think long-term.

 

Yesterday, some terrible news broke.

 

A police shootout in the quiet Reykjavík neighborhood of Árbær.

 

One dead, two police officers wounded.

 

Terrible.

 

Páll Stefánsson - ps@icelandreview.com

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