Hacking Rhetoric

Response to being hacked

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I was very shocked to being hacked even though I knew it was coming, because when I visited the website the first post I saw was one that said “you’ve been hacked!!!” and next to it was my username. It was a weird and scary feeling because again I was expecting it and I have nothing to hide on my WordPress account but still, the thought of someone searching my high school mascot and following my posts to gain clues about my password is an eerie feeling. I can’t imagine logging into a different account, where I wasn’t expecting to be hacked, and finding a post that I haven’t done or more realistically, a purchase I hadn’t made. Having no idea who logged on to my account and was stealing private information would be a really frightening situation. This experience was personalized to a small classroom and a within period of time, and it still was a strange experience.

My hacker also edited my blog post about how living in a house with people, sometimes your computer gets messed around with as a joke. The hacker added a line to say that this happens to them too. By adding this to my blog, it lets me know that my hacker read through all my posts and related them to his or her life, which makes it more personal and less of an intimidating “hack”, which typically has a negative connotation.

This being hacked experience gave me a lot of insight into hackers and how they work. I understand their love for the thrill and excitement, but also it was hard to hack (and be hacked) without giving a couple of clues about where I go to high school, where I was born, etc., and leaving information on my Facebook account out and visible. So, I think a big part of being hacked is what you leave out there for hackers to access. Yes, sometimes it’s not your fault, it’s something set up that you click on or open. But I think if you’re careful, a lot of hacking can be avoided by being careful with information.

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