Lecture27 - EthicalIssuesinComputer Science CSCI 328, Fall...

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1 Ethical Issues in Computer  Science   CSCI 328, Fall 2011 Session 27 Hacking and Hacktivism Cyberterrorism and warfare
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2 Hackers Original Definition: Computer enthusiasts who spent hours figuring out how to do clever things with new technology. FOSS movement may have evolved from this community. Current usage: Those who gain unauthorized access to computer systems and engage in disruptive, illegal activities.
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3 Arguments in defense of hacking 1. Information should be free. 2. Hacker break-ins illustrate security problems. 3. Gaining unauthorized access does no harm, and we can learn from it. 4. Hackers keep "Big Brother" at bay.
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Hacktivism Definition of Hacktivism (from Manion and Goodrum): Political activists who use electronics to perform acts of civil disobedience. Example: Denial of Service attacks on Yahoo, Amazon, CNN, ebay and buy.com in Feb, 2000 Letter criticizing "capitalization of the internet." Are perpetrators vandals or terrorists, or are they political activists?
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