Hacking Rhetoric

Hackee Response

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         For the most part, I didn’t really mind being hacked because I was expecting it and I only use my word press blog for this class. However, if I had other active blogs connected with personal information, I would have felt more violated. My Facebook has been hacked before where the hacker compromised my password and messaged the majority of my friends. I remember feeling so shocked that someone was able to access my private information like that and I was also forced to change the password for my Gmail account because they were the same. The sandbox hack was harmless and actually pretty fun. It was cool to experience the life of a hacker for a few days and read through a classmate’s work and respond/change it up a bit. I can understand how hackers get an adrenaline rush from gaining access to foreign accounts.

         I learned a lot about password security and how easy it is for someone to quickly glance at your social networks and figure out thousands of passwords idea. Someone with enough time on his or her hands could easily hack into another persons account with a weak password. Now I understand why many secure websites (like my bank) require capital letters, lowercase letters, numbers, and special symbols in their passwords.

         I liked how Haley performed her hack on my word press account. I hadn’t even realized I did back to back blogs somewhat relating to candy (Halloween and the candy crush hack). I didn’t even realize the irony while I was writing my blogs just a week apart. Haley’s hack was thoughtful because it showed the difference between pragmatics and meaning. She mixed up the words in my blog about hacking Halloween with words from my candy crush blog. Someone who has never played Candy Crush or read my hacking Halloween blog probably would have never known the difference.

         In conclusion, it was a good experience to act as a hacker and be able to change somebody’s blog. Haley had no bad intentions when she hacked into my account and she successfully demonstrated the difference between a pragmatic analysis and a semantic analysis. The hack was effective and I could see hackers doing the same type of hack to prove a point (as many of us did as we vandalized many Wikipedia sites). 

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