“Did you hack my Myspace?”

 

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I’ll admit that the concept of hacking isn’t one I’ve been curious about before – even on movies all that coding looks like it would take a lot of work. I’d imagine that if someone were to take up hacking as a somewhat ‘career’ path, they would have to be thoroughly passionate about hacking – or about the reason or ‘cause’ for why they are hacking in the first place. This is the concept of ‘hacktivists’ such as Julian Assange (the wikileaks founder) and the ‘Anonymous’ group that doesn’t seek to harm you, but to expose the ‘truth’ hidden from the public and allow a free information flow.

For these more popular groups – what they are seeking to do is obvious, and it is proposed to not be malicious. When I was in grade 8, a couple of girls from my year were able to hack into people’s Myspace pages and post ‘embarrassing’ status updates. Back when I was this young, this was considered by myself to be a horrible, malicious act. Now, it doesn’t concern me so much, as hacking can happen to anyone if you’re not careful enough. However, hacking requires skill and like I mentioned – lots of hard work. The people that can succeed in doing this, are either loathed or respected. Where is the line drawn?

REFERENCES:

Erickson, A. (2016). Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange Reveals Real Intentions Behind The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). [online] Collective Evolution. Available at: http://www.collective-evolution.com/2016/02/05/wikileaks-founder-julian-assange-reveals-real-intentions-behind-the-trans-pacific-partnership-tpp/ [Accessed 9 Oct. 2016].

Treisman, D., Yorker, T., Yorker, T., Larson, S., Mayer, J., Lizza, R., Reed, S., Hall, D. and Kushner, D. (2014). An Inside Look at Anonymous, the Radical Hacking Collective. [online] The New Yorker. Available at: http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2014/09/08/masked-avengers [Accessed 17 Oct. 2016].

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2 thoughts on ““Did you hack my Myspace?”

  1. aidanhenson says:

    Ah, the old days of ‘hacking’ peoples facebooks, when really you just guess their password – which was almost always just their dogs name.

    Anyway, I think there’s a big difference between that and the large scale, politically motivated hacking of digital resistance. I think the most important thing that you highlighted was that hacking, as an ability, is restricted to small groups of people with very specific skills. That being, in the reading where Stallman likens a DDoS takedown to a sit in, the difference is that hacking power is very concentrated and can done by very few people or an individual. A large scale protest or sit in necessitates masses. So, does hacking have the potential to disrupt democracy?

    ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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  2. christhompson42 says:

    Kumusta kaibigan, I liked your post from the title and while honestly I had Bebo instead of Myspace I can definitely relate. Also the meme was a killer. I think your breakdown of hackers/ hacktivists with Assange as the centerpiece was really useful and helped me understand the topic.
    You pointed out how it seems that hackers are either loathed or adored and it definitely seems to be the case that there isn’t a middleground. I don’t know why there isn’t and there needs to be because that’s how proper discussions about hacking can come about and the whole idea of government hacking throws a whole other element into the mix.
    Here’s a cool article about potential US – Russian cyber tension…
    goo.gl/5uNzfe

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