Do hackers or "hactivists" consider the ramifications of their actions before their crusades?
In the case of Ashley Madison for example, they've justified their criminal behavior because they claim that philanderers deserve to be exposed - this may be true, but what about the spouses and children who will ultimately be damaged by these revelations? What makes someone decide they have the right to go on a moral crusade, when said crusade will also potentially shatter thousands of innocent lives? Do you support "hactivism" or is it just more immoral behavior guised under "justice"? I am undecided, I believe in standing up for what's right, but sometimes that leads to more wrongs...
Great question! My two cents is that husbands should not even consider doing anything that might later be "exposed" and hurtful to their families. If they don't want to honor their vows, wives and children by being 100% devoted to them in every way, then they shouldn't stay in their marriage.
Hiding under a façade of loyalty, no matter how strong, will eventually crumble as it has here. Karma, baby! And, maybe the thought of getting away with it won't seem as exciting or easy anymore.
If they put as much effort into their marriage as they put into scheming and hiding, they might be surprised at how great it could be!
true but who decides who should be punished? It's not just men either, it's women too that cheat, and cheating has always happened. Do we justify one wrong to remedy another? and if so, how does that truly help?
I think society would agree that doing the right thing for the greater change, as a whole, is most important. Whoever is cheating, let them hear us loud and clear: We deserve better. If you want to stray, then your heart is not in the right place.
You do realize there are married women members too on Ashley Madison ?
Hacktivists have targeted a moral issue not an illegal one. Kind of vigilante behaviour. But if hackers had not done that the Philanderers would have led a nice life(many of them might still lead a nice life) their partners unaware of their affairs. It really depends on you. Do you prefer to live a comfortable lie that will bring you unhappiness if you found out the true nature of your partner or prefer an uncomfortable truth that will trouble you at first but will no longer bother you after some time opening doors to better life in future.
this involves millions of people - so hackers took it upon themselves to make that choice for the partners all those people. Was it really their place? It isn't about what "I" think is right or would want - kind of my point. Also hack was illegal
I commented on the issue not the event of hacking.Of course event of hacking is illegal and I do not support it; the issue the event dealt with is immoral not illegal. People are still free to ignore the expose and continue to trust their partners.
It's immoral from all angles. It's immoral to spread the information about people, it's immoral to cheat, it's immoral to damage families because of vigilante justice etc. that's what makes it a thinker for me, two wrongs def. don't make a right here
I agree .But their definition of morality seems 2 b diffrnt from your definition.Subjective.
Even with Ashley Madison I believe it's a very slippery slope to condone any form "cyber terrorism".
Most observers are having a laugh or two over Ashley Madison but what if the next hack was on Planned Parenthood and hackers decided to publically post all women who elected to have abortions or they hacked the CDC and publically posted everyone who tested positive for a STD.
On the one hand many folks were up in arms over the NSA monitoring calls and emails but when North Korea hacked Sony exposed private emails it too was laughed at or seen as "entertainment". At least the NSA never made results public.
We've seen the government, Home Depot, Target, banks, and countless other stores and businesses hacked exposing credit card numbers and social security numbers. Imagine the fallout if the IRS were hacked or someone seizes control of our nuclear weapons.
While the incidence with Ashley Madison may be viewed as a "civil service" or "practical joke" it's just a matter of time until they or someone else decides to take on a cause that is not in line with most people's beliefs.
There will always be a "cause" whereby many groups would love to engage in "hactivism" or "cyber terrorism" to effect change.
Excellent points. While I have no love loss for cheaters and they certainly caused their own karma, this is just an excuse to justify different deplorable behavior at that point all "morality" is lost.
Unfortunately as you pointed out it's not only the cheater who is affected but possibly their little children as well as their spouse. Although cheating is immoral it's not illegal. Stealing/hacking is both immoral and illegal.
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