December 11, 2012

Hackers: 21st Century Robin Hoods?

With all due respect, Robin the Hood put his faith in people and in what he interpreted as the greater good. Does that same notion exist today?

I’m fascinated by the internet – and make no mistake, because I wasn’t this peachy about search engines and Google News five years ago. Internet news is somewhat of a passion now, and I can’t be trusted in my room without checking Yahoo News every thirty minutes for new updates. World news is different now than it was a century ago – it only takes ten seconds for an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico to be on every news channel on the East Coast.

But that’s neither here nor there. Who really intrigues me are internet hackers.

The internet, unlike national news and BET, is practically plugged into humanity. Everyone has a smart phone or communication device capable of internet connectivity. That connection to the internet is undoubtedly the deciding factor in online hackers and thieves stealing practically everything about you. Your music, your media files, even your identity!!!

Of course, this is just the fearful side of hacking. Most people hardly think about the possibility of hackers stealing your crap, and an even a smaller number think about the positives of the situation.

What positives could their possibly be?

Virtually any count of theft or crime that a hacker could commit could also be paid back positively ten times more – and for an exponentially large amount of people. Of course, the bottom line is always that hacking is illegal. Cyber Police and the government are both quite keen on cracking down on lawbreakers. But what’s to say that there’s really any lawbreaking behind good intentions?

Read from redOrbit’s own Michael Harper, this article is an example of such undertakings. From it, you will find that four members of the infamous hacking group, code named “Anonymous,” have been caught and are currently in the process of sentencing for what court judges and prosecutors highlight as malicious acts. These acts included the sophisticated attacking of Visa, MasterCard and PayPal. The reasoning?

Well, it’s a bit difficult to explain.

As are all other reasons for hackers doing what they do. Originally, Anonymous intended on targeting members of the music industry, as piracy is an internet phenomenon in today’s age. When Anonymous caught wind of these companies ceasing their acceptance of donations for Julian Assange and Wikileaks, they spent a total of ten days attacking these websites and causing well over 5 million dollars in crash costs and staffing.

Weatherford, an effective member of Anonymous, claimed that he liked the idea of information on the internet. From his viewpoint, sites like Wikipedia are rich and abundant sources of learning material for eager minds. When that info isn’t there, we’ve lost the point of the internet. Now I’m not one for taking sides, but that sounds like quite a profound statement.

Let’s back it up a bit: Robin Hood would say that the freedom and civil privileges of man and woman were equal in all aspects. Of course, Robin Hood spoke on behalf of men and women being persecuted by a deceptive and corrupt monarchy. Hacking credit card companies is no way to preach the equal rights of man’s right to donations and charity – but God does it send a message. The same men who pulled off these crimes are capable of hacking your computers, stealing your private information and identities, and walking off with millions in credit card records.

A quick, crisp get away.

Sounds like a plea for society to rethink their judgments on hackers.

Image Credit: Photos.com

Facebook Twitter Pinterest Plusone Digg Reddit Stumbleupon Email