At the end of all this, looking back on what I’ve written in the past few days, I still don’t have a definitive position on the net benefits and dangers of hacktivism and cybersecurity. I made arguments I agreed with, and arguments I disagreed with, but ultimately I don’t know how to feel about hacking in the name of freedom or whatever.
What I do know for sure is that the issue of hacking is one we are never going to agree on. So long as we disagree on the issues of security & freedom, we will never reach any kind of overwhelming consensus on the net positives or negatives of hacking. But where this escalates to and how long it will take to reach the apex is still a question that needs to be answered.
Here is what I think we will face in the future of hacking:
- At some point within the next year, Operation Antisec will hit a critical juncture and a top government website will be targeted and hacked like none other before it. That’s when the Pentagon will double down on their whole “hacking is an act of war” deal and introduce more invasive security measures to monitor internet access within the United States.
- From Anonymous will emerge more splinter groups with different agendas, they will feud with each other and potentially break out in a hacker war bigger than anything we saw with LulzSec & WebNinjas.
- More businesses and security firms will set up their online information with tighter security, but the reality is that many of these hackers are experts. If they could already probe and leak information from websites specializing in web security, including government websites, increased security measures won’t mean much to them unless we get top government web experts (maybe even some ex-hackers) working on them.
- The revolutions of the future (well, most of them) will be instigated through the internet and online hacktivism, through the simple act of cracking through firewalls and getting people access to the information they’ve been denied by their governments.
- And most importantly, no matter what the government tries to do regarding internet hacks, there will most likely be very few arrests made. As much as we would like to think security will solve all our problems, underground freedom fighters have always found ways of circumventing the law.
All we have to do now is wait and see…