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Dear Hacktivist Community
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I Get Where You're Coming From...
Look guys. I get why organizations such as LulzSec and Anonymous are doing what you are doing. I get you see injustice & stupidity, and you want to fight back. You have a wonderful gift because you get computers and programing at a level that most of us do not. You want to use these gifts to better the world and get those bastards that grind us down.
Faceless bureaucracies, massive corporations and soulless government agencies make life horrible for everyone. Sony saying it is okay to "hack" PS3s and then does a 180. When Sony started getting governments to be their bully boys to enforce their mind changing, that really pissed me off!
But please consider what you are doing for the rest of us web users. I get it. You are invincible. You have mad skills. You can make a difference. Well, that difference you are making is more bad then good. Many nations are look at net neutrality for laws. What you are doing doesn't make them more likely to be net neutral. Also, what of the people who's information has been released through your hacking efforts? What of the cost to them or the legitimate businesses that are harmed by such actions? What of the laws and systems that are in place that you seek to work around? If anyone with a beef with the system starts doing what they want, how is that different from terrorism?
My questions are simple. Can you really say you are better than the bullies and bastards you seek to fight if you resort to tactics that are just like theirs? Can you seriously think you are making the world a better place when your actions are more likely to harm all of us rather than help? Please stop. It is noble what you seek to do, but how you are doing it is wrong.
November 2011 Update
Recent news has reveled that Anonymous has attacked and taken down a large number of child porn sites. Additionally, due to the kidnapping of an Anonymous member, they are targeting a major Mexican Drug Cartel. While I am opposed to Anonymous' previous tactics because of the harm or potential harm done to innocents, I can whole heartedly get behind them in targeting and taking down those who hurt the helpless and innocent and use legal and illegal loopholes to get away with it. So here is a huge "That a boy!" to Anonymous for making the world a better place or a least trying to with these particular acts. My previous point still stands however.