geemongParticipantMarch 26, 2021 at 9:46 amPost count: 90
New wave of ‘hacktivism’ adds twist to cybersecurity woes
At a time when U.S. agencies and ทดลองเล่นslotxo thousands of companies are fighting off major hacking campaigns
originating in Russia and China, a different kind of cyber threat is re-emerging: activist hackers looking to
make a political point.
Three major hacks show the power of this new wave of “hacktivism” – the exposure of AI-driven video surveillance
being conducted by the startup Verkada, a collection of Jan. 6 riot videos from the right-wing social network
Parler, and disclosure of the Myanmar military junta’s high-tech surveillance apparatus.
And the U.S. government’s response shows that officials regard the return of hacktivism with alarm. An indictment
last week accused 21-year-old Tillie Hottmann, a Swiss hacker who took credit for the Verkada breach, of a broad
“Wrapping oneself in an allegedly altruistic motive does not remove the criminal stench from such intrusion,
theft and fraud,” Seattle-based Acting U.S. Attorney Tessa Gorman said.
According to a U.S. counter-intelligence strategy released a year ago, “ideologically motivated entities such as
hacktivists, leaktivists, and public disclosure organizations,” are now viewed as “significant threats,”
alongside five countries, three terrorist groups, and “transnational criminal organizations.”
Earlier waves of hacktivism, notably by the amorphous collective known as Anonymous in the early 2010s, largely
faded away under law enforcement pressure. But now a new generation of youthful hackers, many angry about how
the cybersecurity world operates and upset about the role of tech companies in spreading propaganda, are joining
And some former Anonymous members are returning to the field, including Aubrey Cottle, who helped revive
the group’s Twitter presence last year in support of the Black Lives Matter protests.
Anonymous followers drew attention for disrupting an app that the Dallas police department was using to field
complaints about protesters by flooding it with nonsense traffic. They also wrested control of Twitter hashtags
promoted by police supporters.
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