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.
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