Hacking Rhetoric

Cyber Hacktivist

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I saw this article posted on a cork board at Which Which.  It is about a man,Jeremy Hammond, who illegally accessed computers of law enforcement agencies in order to expose injustices by the private intelligence industry.  He joined Anonymous (big surprise) and believes that hacktivism is a form of civil disobediance and necessary in order to make room for change.  This is only part of the news article (the other half was not posted), but it got me thinking about breaking the law in the name of protest or to prove a point.  Would I ever risk jail time in order to make a statement for a particular cause? Truthfully, I probably wouldn’t because I value my freedom as a law abiding citizen too much, but I think it’s slightly admirable for someone to have a cause that they’re so passionate about, they are willing to do whatever it takes to support it.  Don’t get me wrong, I think Hammond’s intentions of causing bankruptcy and financial mahem are a bit dark and drastic, but I commend him for his passion.  I think as long as you don’t hurt other people, which Hammond was actually doing, you should be able to stand for what you believe in to bring about positive change. 

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