Hacking is not a recent issue. It has been around for as long as people have been sending coded messages to each other. It was not until after World Wr 2 though that technology was proving to allow for messages to be come decoded from within people’s homes. The rise of the internet has seen an increase in this.
Not all hacking though is about gaining information. For example, phone phreaking is the act of a person making an international call through phone lines that mean they do not have to pay the fee of the call.
As with the example above there is always a victim when it comes to hacking. But it is not always the person or organisation that is hacked.
It is becoming more evident that it is intact in many cases the hackers themselves that end up being the victim.
Edward Snowden was employed by the American Government in the C.I.A as a computer analyst. In 2013 Snowden released thousands of documents from the National Security Agency detailing the American Government’s role in collecting surveillance from all of the world and on their own citizens.
The American Government did not like that all of their efforts to conceal evidence relating to these some what illegal practices being leaked. Snowden was charged with two counts of violating the Espionage Act and theft of Government property. He sought asylum in Russia in 2013 where he currently remains, hidden from the American Government.
Snowdens actions have created a huge debate over what governments are doing with information and what level of privacy, if any, do citizens receive.
Some questions to ask yourself:
- Do you feel comfortable the government having access to all of your information?
- Do you agree with the idea of collecting large amounts of metadata for national security reasons?
- Would you willingly hand over your private details to the government?
- Did you know that any of this is happening?