In today’s age, it seems as though we are always fighting a battle, on all fronts. We have physical warfare with bombs, guns and fighting with everything that we see on the news that is happening in Syria. Then we have a different kind of warfare that is happening right beneath us. Ok, not underground, but it may as well be.
This battle takes place in the cyber world with hacktivists.
In 2011, Sony was the target of Hacktivist group; Anonymous after the company filed legal action against George Hotz. Legal action was filed against Holtz because he released an encryption key and software tools onto his website which allowed PlayStation users to completely control their console.
Holz simply used the information he had and shared it with the world with the intention to make PlayStation an open source allowing users to alter the console individually–much like the open source operating system of Android.
However, after the law suit was filed, Anonymous decided to protest and coordinate denial of service attacks as they supported the notion that “information needs to be free.”
In these attacks, Anonymous dropped a ‘Low Orbit Ion Cannon’ software to flood Sony’s internet traffic and force them to go offline.
Once they were offline, 77 million users’ names, user names, addresses, email addresses, birth dates, and passwords were stolen.
Even though the law suit was settled just before the data was stolen, they wanted to make a point. Soon after, they released this video:
While they are activists for the people and stand up for our right to use information and technology how it is suppose to be used, and how it should be used–to its fullest and open potential. It also impacted the lives of gamers by shutting down the site and stealing the information of users. If they stole the information themselves, or if taking down the site allowed for another party to come in and steal the data, we don’t know. But there will always be a positive and negative impact on the world at the hands of activism, the same goes with was on the battlefield.