At the annual 2013 Kaspersky Cyber-Security Summit in New York City, there was a tremendous amount of pessimism in the air about the future of our online world, as it continues to be attacked by various hacktivists for various reasons.
Many experts say that these coming years will be the worst for the internet, as more take up hacking. Key reasons why hacking seems to be such a popular sport on the internet include: software being cheap, damages being far-reaching, lack of actual law on the internet.
Internet culture defines hacking in many ways. If you hacked for a noble cause, then you shouldn’t be prosecuted for your actions. That is what the general ethos of the internet seems to be, although it isn’t carried by the governments of the world.
In the case of Aaron Swartz, we have seen huge uprising against the FEDs “foul play” against Swartz, after the two companies that were hacked dropped all charges against the hacker.
What experts say the internet needs is strong foundations to stop hacking. They need infrastructure that is new and can content with cheap hacking solutions. DDoS has become a much loved tool by hackers, so they can stop a website functioning; reasons for this are it is readily available and doesn’t take an expert to understand the functionality.
Google has apparently been working on a solution to the password problem on a personal level, while enterprise may have other solutions. The problem seems to be hacking becoming easier and getting information out of databases is becoming an everyday occurrence.
While the problems on the internet may be large, also is the opposition against any actual law on the internet. The internet is a free and open platform, without true government control. This makes it such a hot pot for hacktivists that can get away with crimes if they are careful to keep their tracks hidden.
This comes just weeks after many predicted the fall of Anonymous.