Is hacking sometimes OK?

Recently, both LinkedIn and Eharmony were hacked, with more than 8 million passwords stolen. The attack is believed to be by the same hacker who stole 6.5 million passwords from LinkedIn, the career-oriented social network. The hacker then posted the lists – asking for help cracking the passwords.

 

This touches home on multiple levels.

One, our office immediately circulated an email related to the LinkedIn hack job. We use the site for multiple business purposes, and we wanted to make sure we hadn’t been hacked; and if so; what we needed to do to protect our passwords.

Secondly, someone wondered if this massive hacking was somehow related to the imprisonment of Julian Assange, the Australian computer programmer who became internationally renowned for his work with WikiLeaks. Fair question – as this was definitely the job of a highly organized and sophisticated group. Could there have been a moral purpose to this massive attack?

Finally, we wondered if hacking is OK if done with good intentions? While I’m not going to divulge the results, I’d like to know your thoughts. Just leave them in the comment field, below.

Tek-Tips

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One Response to Is hacking sometimes OK?

  1. Tek-Tips June 7, 2012 at 5:45 pm #

    Hacking has always been part of the resistance movement allotted those who have no other recourse. Morality lies in the opinions of those measuring the actions. However, if innocents or innocent businesses are harmed, punishment needs to be administered.

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