November 17, 2016
Disclaimer, I know the title is Anonymous and it is about the hactivist group that we've come to know due to the recent activity that they've been doing and I started it here in the IT/Computer Talk forum because they're computer hackers.
I respect these people. The knowledge these folks have in order to do what they do with the DDOS and hacking of accounts is by far very, very impressive. Do I encourage illegal activity of any sort? No, but I do agree with the philosophies that lie at the core Anonymous. To me, they've become our freedom fighters. Freedom of speech, of the press, freedom of religion and expression, freedom FROM religion, the freedom to peacefully gather and to protest and the right to petition our government for our grievances is the number one amendment of our Constitution and these people, the ones calling themselves Anonymous, protect that amendment from tyranny. Yes, I know they've been labeled as criminals, but listen, I'll make the case for these guys. They do what they do to prove a point. And that point is that you won't take away our First Amendment rights or any of our rights.
When you've got Federal Agencies who hack into and snoop around in private citizens' emails and other online information, and they do so mostly without a Federal Warrant is required by the Constitution and by simple common sense, then I think when Anonymous hacked into the FBI's computer systems to prove a point, I applaud Anonymous for doing so. You don't get to go off and abuse the people's freedoms without consequence.
Even here recently it was discussed about how Russian hackers were trying to interfere with our election and that's just wrong. They were doing something to a system that we put into place because we want some sort of democracy. Voting is part of a democracy and when you take away the voice of the people, you tread on that one freedom that everyone is entitled to: Freedom of speech.
Anonymous is there, in my opinion, to make sure that anyone who messes with that freedom, feels the heat from doing so. And I agree with that. I don't want anything bad to happen like stealing information to sell to someone else or anything illegal, but creating a DDOS to shut down a server of some tyrant government or group of people who are opposed to what little of a democracy we've got left, then I say hit them hard. At least just shut down their servers for a day or two or a week and make them think twice about messing with out freedoms.
Just like Matthew Lillard in Hackers, "HACK THE PLANET!!" lol
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