Yesterday I came across this post “We don’t need cyber-vigilante justice“, which is must read for people who want to become hackers or cyber-vigilantes and why people shouldn’t be like that. Being a cyber vigilante to show that you are a l33t hacker is one not good idea, but joining and making partnerships with equally not a food idea.
One way or another, all these cyber vigilantes are criminals, just like our ordinary day-to-day criminals but these people live online. However the unfortunate thing is these vigilantes gather followers, and these followers try to make their own way towards e-fame either by hacking of helping these vigilantes of their work. I guess it’s not like a gang but like a cult.
Anonymous has their own set of followers, LulzSec had their own followers, Jester has his own set of loyal fans. May be these vigilantes like this e-fame, anyway most of these followers are ordinary hackers or, just another scrip kiddies. When they follow these vigilantes and try to show they are also l33t, the end result is them making more havoc by hacking websites, disrupting services and posting personal information on the internet and in the end getting caught.
If you look at Anonymous, they grew up to a point where Anonymous became a cancer to the internet, some of these Anonymous were elite hackers hacking big websites. Anonymous became famous and later Anonymous gathered followers that were no more than script kiddies that started hacking, defacing every small website that comes in their way.
Finally what happened is that most of the top members of the Anonymous got arrested and, most of the followers inevitably got arrested or either got their personal information exposed or posted on the internet. Even we had our own AnonymousLK and we had the utmost pleasure of exposing them.
It’s not just Anonymous and LulzSec, even people who are supporting the so-called “patriotic” hacker Jester has also suffered when their personal information published on the internet, and recently the websites that Jester supports like the Wounded Warrior Project was also brought down, and personal information of LeRes was published online by the UGNazi hackers who are against Jester.
The best thing is not to take sides, not to support people like Anonymous, and people like Jester who is “hacktivist for good”. There is no such thing as hacktivist for good. It’s illegal and there is no difference between Anonymous type hackers. Helping cyber vigilantes is same as helping everyday crooks, you never know when you’ll get in to trouble thanks to them.
So people need to think twice about becoming online vigilantes or taking their sides. Not only the people who are being targeted by the vigilantes are affected, but also people who take sides are also affected in the cat fights between hacktivists. Stay safe.
“The law of celestial mechanics dictate that when two objects collide there is always damage of a collateral nature”