Should we hunt the "hacktivists"?

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Registered: 11-18-2008
Should we hunt the "hacktivists"?
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Mon, 12-13-2010 - 3:41pm

I was listening to a piece on NPR this morning that was discussing "Operation Payback" and the hackers that attacked companies like PayPal and Mastercard after they cut ties with Wikileaks. It seems that some don't feel we should bother trying to prosecute the hackers.

http://www.npr.org/2010/12/13/132015315/as-u-s-hunts-hacktivists-some-ask-is-it-worth-it

"What we may be looking at is 15- and 16-year-old kids who do this ... not as a prank but as a protest," Rasch said. "And do we really want to spend the time, the money, the energy and the resources to bring a bunch of these kids over from Belgium or Holland or the Netherlands?"

Do you think it's okay to let something like this go?

Conversely, according to the piece, "...other activists who condemn WikiLeaks, including a former military man who uses an online pseudonym, have launched their own cyberattacks on WikiLeaks."

Should the government be investigating them in the same way they would investigae the Operation Payback hackers?

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Registered: 01-12-2008
Mon, 12-13-2010 - 8:42pm

about 12 weeks ago I had to write a paper for my computer class on Hacktivism. I kind of wish I had this story to write about instead of what I did.

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