Hacktivism: Ethics in the Chaos

B. Jones

Is the action that hacktivists take ethical? Obviously this idea changes from person to person but on a whole it becomes harder to judge. The actions that hacktivists take are towards people who may be committing unethical actions and to ignore these actions could be seen as just as unethical.

An aspect of Hacktivism is the idea of civil disobedience, which in essence is the refusal to obey the commands of a Government or Occupying power. As we are aware hacking is considered to be illegal, if you are on system with unauthorized access then you are breaking the law but when the laws around this are seemingly quite vague knowing when the law has been broken can be difficult.

In the US there is the CFAA (The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act), this act can simply put you at risk by not reading a terms of service on a…

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