Hacktivism

Hackers are being radicalised by government policy

LulzSec is not an isolated phenomenon – official efforts to control the internet are increasing online radicalisation.

Now that the LulzSec boat has sailed over the horizon, it seems a good moment to take stock of the past weeks' "hacktivism" frenzy. We've been bombarded with images of oddballs lurking in murky chatrooms – geeky teenagers who are simultaneously global cyber-villains. Given the reporting, we'd be forgiven for thinking that it's all about the personal obsessions of a few nerds. This would be to ignore the wider context.

Tuesday, 28 June, 2011 - 22:00

'Anonymous' hacktivists expose the intelligence gap

As long as western governments fail to live up to their ideals, there will be those who are determined to embarrass them.

I have pointed out before that if people feel that the usual democratic routes are pointless they will find means of direct action and protest. Many balk at Anonymous's apparent disregard for the potential human collateral in their methods – but there is no denying that its mix of satire and activism is a powerful combination.

Monday, 9 January, 2012 - 22:00

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