Ethics and Law in New Media/From Hacktivism to Cyberwar

I’m sorry of being late – it is so difficult to get to work after kind of vacation in sankt petersburg 🙂

* Find and blog about an illustrative case of hacktivism.

The cradle of hactivism are the United States, of course – but also in Poland there were few incidents that could be classified as haktywizm. Suffice to mention the famous break-in to the server of the office of the council ministers, performed by a hacker invited to a TV program “Tok Szok” in 1998. In the studio there was present also the official responsible for securing this server and was  shown how easy was gaining unauthorized access to URM and viewing classified information. You can argue whether it was a “classic haktywizm” case (as it was inspired by journalists) – but the goal was no doubt laudable, it was, after all, to point out the poor security of government servers.

Later on, there were some cases of so called “Gummi Bears” – a hacker group, which was specialized in protesting against Neostrada (is an ADSL service provided by TPSA in Poland; due to its high availability, it is one of the most popular Internet services in Poland) price increases  (protests usually consisted of substitution of Polish Telecom pages).

 

The only case of hactivism that I remember is breaking into the center of climate research at the University of East Anglia – it occurred last year. Hacktivists aim was to get information to show that global warming is one big conspiracy of scientists – and they partly succeeded. The hacker (or hackers – not exactly known) gained access to the correspondence of research workers, which concluded that the scientific community tried to hide the negative results of the theory of global warming case.

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Polish to English translation

Breaking into the center of climate research at the University of East Anglia – is the latest example, because the burglary occurred late last year. Hacktivists aim was to get information to show that global warming is one big conspiracy of scientists – and partly succeeded. Burglar (or burglars – not exactly known) gained such correspondence, research workers, which concluded that the scientific community tried to hide the negative results of the theory of global warming case.
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