Hacking — are you asking for it?

With reference to McKenzie Wark’s ‘A Hacker Manifesto’ the chapter titled ‘Hacking’

Now, I must note that I interpret Wark’s work as very ambiguous and as a very abstract way of explanation that my ‘logic-based’ brain finds confusing; so apologies for any misinterpretation but at the same time I like that about this book because it is dependent upon the person and their way of thinking to digest what this theorist is saying. I find, both, his way of thinking and writing very impressive…

The fight for ‘property’ — as first hinted at in the first line of this chapter, ‘A hack touches the virtual — and transforms the actual.’

I feel that with this, Wark is justifying the hacking of someone’s ‘property’ because once released into the digital network, it is no longer the property of the person, but a representation of that property. Therefore, perhaps people should assess the worth of that ‘property’ i.e. information, before releasing it. To further explain this, Wark suggests we should ‘measure [our] net worth [property] with the same currencies as capitalists’.

How I interpret this is that you would not put your most valuable possession outside your doorstep for anyone to steal; therefore we, as the vectoral class and producers of the information economy, should not put our most valuable information on the global network for it to be stolen.

(Not that I condone hacking for malicious purposes!)

But, after all, hacking is not new. I feel, however, that a lot of people think ‘it will never happen to me’ and underestimate the amount of hackers, not all of which have bad intentions, but it’s a fact that many do.

Next time Jennifer Lawrence will, hopefully, think about this before trusting her iCloud as much as the original receiver of those photos…

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