Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Government Soft on Hackers

t was one of the hottest days of the year and evening temperatures were still sweltering when two FBI agents wearing bulletproof vests under their dark suits climbed the stairs of the Jacob Riis housing complex in New York’s Lower East Side on June 7, 2011. Drenched in sweat, they knocked on the steel door of a sixth-floor unit. It swung open to reveal a man in his late twenties wearing jeans and a white T-shirt.
I’m Hector,” he said.
The agents were suddenly face-to-face with “Sabu,” the computer genius they had stalked for months, a quarry so elusive they hadn’t pinned down his identity and location until just weeks before. The suspected ringleader of the Anonymous offshoot group LulzSec, Hector Xavier Monsegur and his web minions had just completed a month-long reign of terror, hacking the CIA, Fox, Sony and several financial institutions, causing, according to some estimates, billions of dollars in damage around the world.

Read more at Fox News

I know this guy, or at least many like him. Over a decade as an IRC moderator I had to deal with these arrogant idiots. They are usually extremely intelligent, while abiding by a far left mentality. Too often they are teenagers living with their parents. Those like Hector would be living at home if it weren't for government handouts.

While I never met any of these people in person, I suspected in real life they had the spine of a jellyfish. Hector's actions seem to prove me right. Online these people are arrogant and think of themselves as supermen. They bully people by threatening them with computer attacks. I have seen them try and force young girls into sending them nude photos, and believe they too often succeeded. Parents, your children aren't safe around these people.

Anyone that exposes them will be at risk, We will see an increase in attacks on government computers because of these arrest. If you meet these people on the street they are benign, but behind a keyboard they are dangerous. In the past bully's were the packs of guys or girls who went after the shy and timid. Today we see the shy and timid fighting back, either through school shooting type events, or attacks from behind a keyboard.

Hacking is a crime which, for the most part, seems to be above the law. Computer users spend billions in an effort to protect their home computers. Hackers, even legitimate corporations, are working hard to gain access to our computers. Through the Patriot Act our own government can intercept our emails without a warrant.

Citizens are often demanding services from the federal government, except the ones for which it is authorized to do by the Constitution, which is to enforce the laws of the land. Identity theft is a huge business, while we have millions crossing the border illegally and using these stolen identities. Those illegals are buying identities from computer hackers. While the government calls them misidentified immigrants, I call them identity thieves.

The only solution the federal government has come up with so far is a national computer ID. This is not a solution to hackers and identity theft, it only allows the government to better track law abiding citizens.

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