Hacking Our Rights Away

LulzSec called it quits today. I’m not sure that this was good for humanity. Owning a business myself I understand that someone hijacking your website, even with the best of intentions can cost you money, but catching security issues sooner rather than later will likely save you even more than an outage costs you.

One of my favorite nerdy movies of all-time has this same basic premise. It’s better to have nice people hack you then malicious people.

What I do know is that these for-the-good-of-humanity type hackers are a tiny fraction of the hacking community and one that should probably be left alone. Depending on who you ask Anonymous probably falls into this category of noble hackers as well.

You might say that the definition of hacking for all these folks is, “curiosity with a purpose.”

In that vein I am curious what would happen if Anonymous hacked Twitter and left the very ominous ICE domain seizure logo featured below on Twitter’s homepage.

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It would demonstrate a not too hyperbolic example of what the content industry backedProtect IP Act might do if enacted.

I say not too hyperbolic because of recent attempts by ICE to remove websites who only link to copyrighted content. The whole process then gets even more Kafkaesque when companies have tried to fight these seizures.

The real point here is that there is little to no exposure of the current government abuse when it comes to trampling constitutional rights. And as our rights erode the Protect IP Act is looking to grow that control and abuse by leaps and bounds. All in the name of piracy; take my first amendment, but make sure no one pirates the new Pirates movie.

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