Week 10: Stealing from the Rich and Giving to the Poor

“The secretiveness stems from the belief that a populist intelligence operation with virtually no resources, designed to publicise information that powerful institutions do not want public, will have serious adversaries'” (Katchadouriah, R 2010).


Arguably today’s modern day pirates, hacktivists are increasingly exerting control over large cooperation’s, where they are finding new ways to gather secret information and in a sense ‘steal from the rich and give to the poor’. What I find incredibly interesting is the rise of corporate social responsibility in modern day business operations, where monopoly firms have come under fire by society to contribute to social welfare, beyond what is required for profit maximisation (Williams, A 2000).

Funnily enough, the last few years have seen hacktivists succeed in accessing and releasing viable information from conglomerate organisations, some including Fortune 500 companies. This identifying a negative relationship between increased social responsibility and their lack of transparency in the eyes of consumers. What is also visible is the amount of young individuals around the world exposing a greater skill set of hacking, where in the past hacking relied on older talented individuals or those working within a group.

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Yes, hackers may be criminals but they keep these powerful institutions on their toes for the good of society, as they can remove themselves from the state and engage in the free flow of information (Mitew, T 2015). By exposing us to the truth, they are giving us (the end nodes) the ability to make our own decisions and allowing us not to be blinded by centralised institutions (Julian Assange, 2013). We must ask ourselves; do these firms sugar-coat their actions by pleasing society with a few good deeds?


2 thoughts on “Week 10: Stealing from the Rich and Giving to the Poor

  1. love this ted talk, I also found this when writing my own blog. its great how she highlights the good hackers and how they help to make the world better. I think the argument of good or evil hackers just comes down to the type of person that they are. I think if society and organisations encourage these good hackers who use there skills to help people it might change the culture of ‘bad hackers’. The ashley madison case is an examples of hackers who are just after money for themselves.

  2. Your blog was very interesting to read I find myself asking the same question about good deeds I do believe that hacking someone is invading their privacy but If it was to make right of a bad situation its probably for the better. An example such as Ashley Madison where they are hacking information from people who had affairs I would definitely say is doing a good deed
    Great post Well done!

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