It’s been almost eights months since activists took the streets of Syria, in an attempt to topple the regime and to bring a much needed reform and justice to the people of Syria. The protests are taking presence in a new space lately, the cyber space that is.
The hacktivist groups, Anonymous and RevoluSec both made an astonishing attack on several Syrian government websites and defaced them and put interactive maps with the names and informations of those killed at the hand of the security forces. Some of the defaced websites were offline for almost 16 hours showing the lack of care and special attentions on the part of the Syrian government.
Few weeks earlier the Syrian government was also accused of forming a group by the name “The Syrian Electronic Army” this cyber group was accused of hacking Harvard’s home page and posted pro Syrian government slogans. The group was also accused of hacking Facebook pages of Brad Pitt and Angelina Julie and others.
This new trend of activism through the use of cyber space and hacking, raises many questions regarding the ethics behind such acts . Is it okay to be a hacker as long as you are doing that in the name of activism or is it still unethical and mostly a criminal act?