How hacktivism intersects with the law

Apr 28, 2017
Activists are using technology, sometimes illegally, to promote social and political change. What kind of legal backlash do they face?
A demonstrator, and supporter of the group Anonymous, rests during a protest against corrupt governments and corporations in front of the White House in Washington, D.C.
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Founder of hacker group LulzSec explains the chaos of hacktivism

Apr 28, 2017
“Did I help the cause or did I hurt the cause?” asks Hector Monsegur, otherwise known by his hacker handle Sabu.
“When you're using hacking to disrupt a government without an understanding of all the consequences, that's when I start to feel like there's a lot more chaos than sense,” said Hector Monsegur, founder of the hacker group LulzSec and a director at Rhino Security.
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Is ‘hacktivism’ a force for good … or chaos?

Apr 28, 2017
Hackers are 'the best parts of science and information sharing,' research scientist Chester Wisniewski told us. It's part of our special series.
“I am a proudly a hacker, and I get very irritated when hacker is used as a pejorative or to mean criminal activity, because I think hackerism represents our best,” Chester Wisniewski says.
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Yik Yak, privacy settings and the anonymous economy

Mar 18, 2015
Data protection is popular at SXSW, but opting out might be a false promise.

October: Not a great month to be a hacker

Oct 29, 2013
This month has seen two high profile cases of young men being caught hacking.

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