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?
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