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Brendan Cooney

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Why do we consider groups motivated by protest to be attackers?

In this talk, the second group mentioned were the attackers motivated by protest (ex: Anonymous). Why do we consider groups like this to be attackers?

Answering this may require re-evaluating our definitions and connotations of the vocabulary we use regarding the Internet today: What is crime? What is an attack? What is violence?

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  • Jan 28 2012: If you are taking action to cause something that isn't yours to be destroyed or malfunction what better term would you suggest than "attack"? Violate? Vandalize? Destroy? In the end, they all end up meaning something like attack anyway.

    If you want to protest start a blog, or gather signatures online. If you are hacking into something that isn't yours or intentionally misuing equipment to break someone elses system then it's an attack.

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