Hacking Rhetoric

Hack Response

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The hacking process definitely generated some ambivalent feelings because I wanted my hacker to get into my account, but at the same time I didn’t want to be hacked because well, no one wants to be hacked. When I first changed my password, I thought I had made it fairly easy to figure out. I realized later on that it was more difficult than I intended and that I had chose a security question with so many possibilities. I also had no idea that you were only allowed five attempts of logging in before wordpress locks you out. My password could have been any superhero out there. After reading Shimu’s, my hacker, artist statement, I definitely wish I had made it a little easier for him to get in!

I had no idea that I had been hacked until I was scrolling through the class blog and saw in Shimu’s artist statement that he had hacked me. He had decided to choose a few key words in one of my weekly blog posts to capitalize to make it appear that I was overly emotional about what I was saying. In my normal life conversations with friends, I use all capitals letters to show excitement, anger, or to just be funny. Thus, I think that by capitalizing just a few words in my post, Shimu changed the content of the post, making it an effective hack. I did wonder why he chose the words he did to capitalize, though. If I were someone else and had stumbled across my blog, I would feel very confused about why certain words were made to stand out among the rest. Despite how unstable or emotional it made me appear, I do think it put a greater emphasis on my thoughts because it showed much more passion than the original post.

In this hacking experience, I, like most others, didn’t mind being hacked because I was expecting it. Additionally, the guidelines were clear so I didn’t have to worry about anyone trolling or completely vandalizing my account. It did, however, give me insight into how real life hacking occurs and I was able to relate to the uncomfortable feeling that is accompanied by being hacked.


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