Thoughts on Hacktivism?

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    With the recent SOPA and PIPA issue and the take down of the website Megaupload, we had a case where a group called Anonymous bringing down government and media websites. From a technical standpoint, they didn't anything per se illegal because they didn't hack into their systems rather they overwhelmed the systems and pushed them to the limit where the websites crashed. This can be simply done by just doing the typical thing a user would do, such as searching for something on a site, but at a mass and aggressive level.

    Any thoughts on this? Should it be considered illegal even though they didn't hack into anything?

    For more background, here goes an article:
    Anonymous and the rise of hacktivism
     
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    The government just ain't that smart either in big business or computer savvy. Keep that in mind when considering what happened to Fannie Mae and how a teenage nerd hacker can run rings around systems that are created by a gigantic bureaucracy.
     
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    Dat's why Granny always got her triple A battery flashlight near at hand...
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    U.S. concerned about Anonymous power grid attack
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 21,`12 (UPI) -- U.S. officials are apparently concerned the group Anonymous may launch a cyberattack against the country's electrical grid, The Wall Street Journal reported.
     
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    You still hurt people, owners, employees and clients so yes it's illegal. Hopefully you and all of your friends are caught and spend a long time in jail with no access to a computers or the web. Your activities hurt people, they cost businesses, customers and taxpayers money, sometimes lots of it so the harm you do far outweighs any good you might intend. If you were adults you'd know this.
     
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    Denial of services ought to be a crime.

    Even when the people doing it are doing it to websites you don't personally approve of.

    If course I understand that one doens't topple a corrupt regime by obeying the law, but I am not espeically comforted by heros whose names I don't know, working behind the scenes, either.

    Remember that Anonymous' techniques can work against you as easily as for you. folks.
     
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    Our systems are flawed.

    If our systems are flawed we need to unflaw them.

    weakness will be exploited by someone.

    sometimes exposing a weakness so it can be fixed is good and sometimes exposing a weakness can mean the wrong person takes advantage of it only to do harm.

    There is no black and white
     
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    Lots of things are not strictly illegal but wrong. Consider neglect of whatever and its outcome. Negligent or other degrees of wrongdoing are punishable in a court of law. Consider too intent, 'oh jeez, I didn't realize I'd burn your house down too.' Or crash into your car? Or bring down your business?'
     
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    Givin' China a taste of their own medicine...
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    Anonymous says it hacked Chinese government sites
    5 Apr.`12 — China was struggling Thursday to restore several government websites that international hacking group Anonymous says it attacked in an apparent protest against Chinese Internet restrictions.
     
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    Come one, that's like saying if you dont wanna get killed, dont stand in front of the gun. Yeah the systems may be flawed, but it still doesnt grant you the right to exploit them.
     

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