Discussion: Hacking and Hacktivism.

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In light of the materials this week, what are your thoughts about evaluating the legality of hacking as a crime based on the ethics – or motives – of the hacker? How do you view “hacktivism” for social movement or political reasons, versus hacking as a way to steal valuable information or money, i.e., for personal economic gain? Is this dichotomy useful? You might consider the rise in “Script Kiddies” vs. the “OG” hacktivists!
Given the proliferation of criminal acts online, especially hacking at the scale of the massive SolarWinds attack in 2021, Chinese cyber espionage or suspected “spy balloons” gathering sensitive data in 2022-2023, or in the alternative, the Ukrainian government calling on “underground” hacktivists to defend against Russia with an “IT Army” since the war began, how useful is John Perry Barlow’s idealistic “Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace”? In what ways does it – and does it not – stand the test of time?
(Notably, the Russian government has also called upon its masses to set up an “IT Army” of hacktivists…)
For an updated list of Significant Cyber Incidents by CSIS, link here.
John Perry Barlow, “A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace”Links to an external site.
The Mentor, “Hacker’s ManiLinks to an external site.festoLinks to an external site.”
CDF, Ch 3 “Computer Hackers and Hacking” Attached a pdf file
CSIS, “Significant Cyber IncidentsLinks to an external site.” Timeline
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In a “reply” below, respond to the following question(s):What do you think of Kevin Mitnick’s prison sentence?
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