Hactivism: Social Movement or Evil?
Trump’s controversial speech about religion prompted a cyber espionage group, Anonymous, to hack into his website and disable its features. While this can be interpreted as a valiant social and religious rights movement, it is also downright illegal. It is no doubt that hacktivism has become a peril to the government. How can anyone forget the WikiLeaks three years ago when Snowden leaked government secrets to for utilitarian purposes.
In a society of increased propaganda, terrorism, social and religious disputes coupled with Generation Y’s advanced knowledge of hacking and ‘strong opinions’ it can be argued that ‘hacktivism’ is and will be an increasingly popular phenomenon. Hacktivists, in a sense, are the digital era’s answer to graffiti artists or a street protester. NBC’s hit show, Mr. Robot, illustrates facets of hacktivism; it depicts a hacktivist group and their sole mission to end all consumer debt by hacking into a large conglomerate’s infrastructure and destroying its data.
The intentions of hacktivism are somewhat reminiscent of a ‘Robin Hood’ strategy (stealing from the rich and giving to the poor). Yes, it can be interpreted as a gallant social rights movement, but it’s important to always bear in mind that it is outright illegal and an invasion of privacy.
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