A Simple Question: Hackers

Things have quieted down a bit lately, but it wasn’t that long ago that groups like Anonymous and LulzSec (among many others) were grabbing headlines for the big corporate and government site takedowns and personal information acquisition.  While the media blasts the group as being reckless and dangerous, there has been an almost resigned acceptance in a lot of the gaming community I follow and communicate with.  No one is happy to have their personal information in the wrong hands, but some might feel this is just hackers being hackers.  It begs the question:

Are you concerned with what the hacking community has been doing lately?

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Personally, having once dabbled in the craft, I see both sides.  I understand the rush that getting into and out of systems can provide, and coming across valuable information while you’re in is even better.  But I never took it to the next level and published that information.  I always saw that information as something of a reward for getting in; frankly, I never wanted to make it known that I was ever there.  So while I understand the motivations behind the act of hacking itself, I’m concerned with the direction some members of the community are taking.  I’m more concerned about the apathy among the online community at large.

Keep an eye out in #PNASQ on Monday when I’ll pose next week’s question. Want to sound off? Vote above, and comment below!

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  • Anonymous

    I am concerned over what they have done, but that doesnt mean I am against hackers. LulzSec did some real damage, so did the people who hacked Sony. I for one know that some of my passwords have been comprised, which is unfortunate.  So they have caused personal damage to me. However they are a useful tool, they showed how ill-prepared these companies are.

    Having done some basic I.T work with a few companies I see stuff like this a lot. People are dumb. Dumber then you think.  Sony had over 75 million users, and someone they didnt realize they had a team of idiots for security staff. I rather have them hacked and have that made public then risk all of it happening in secret, and not be able to defend against the results.

    You wrote, “I always saw that information as something of a reward for getting in”, that is far more worrying than anything LulzSec has done. Most of the information they got they have released, so I can check to see what personal data has been stolen. However more nefarious groups that are looking to sell or use that info wont do the same. Then the customers are at much more danger.

    Since every website making you sign up and hand over personal data there should be strict regulation. There should be a committee evaluating the security of banking sites and other sites that store your personal data, because as these attacks have proven, its so easy to compromise current measures.

    I hope Sony is fined for what happened, they made a big mistake and they should have to pay for it. The best internet security employees are ex-hackers, meaning our current enemies are the ones best prepared.

  • After the attack on Sony this issue really opened my eyes.  I never had credit card information on file just the required information that was needed.   Once PSN was back up and running I followed all prescribed direction from Sony on how to change my password so I could get up and running again.  After a week of being back online I tried to add my PSN name to raptr and I found out my password was no longer valid (this is after I changed it) I was unable to to change it either.  I scoured the internet for a fix and or answer and finally I called up Sony and I was told as of right now there was nothing they could do because the site online was still down.  I had not control over my PSN account for another 3 weeks and I finally called Sony again and I was heated, they finally sent me a link to gain control over my account once again.

    To make a long story short I am concerned, and I do understand that some of these hackers do it for the thrill of it or even to show big corporations they can grab them by the small ones anytime they want,  but don’t make us suffer for big companies short comings

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