Hacktivists or Cyberterrorists?

Posted by Electronic Disturbance Theater | Fri Oct 11th 2002 1 a.m.

Hacktivists or Cyberterrorists?

The Changing Media Discourse on Hacking by Sandor Vegh

This paper scrutinizes the language of government reports and news media
sources to shed light on their role in forming a negative image of politically
motivated hacking in general, and online political activism, in particular. It
is argued that the mass media's portrayal of hacking conveniently fits the
elite's strategy to form a popular consensus in a way that supports the elite's
crusade under different pretexts to eradicate hacking, an activity that may
potentially threaten the dominant order.

http://firstmonday.org/issues/issue7_10/vegh/

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over and outl,
ricardo
  • mark | Fri Oct 11th 2002 1 a.m.
    on 10/11/02 7:45 AM, rdom@THING.NET at rdom@THING.NET wrote:

    > Hacktivists or Cyberterrorists?
    >
    > The Changing Media Discourse on Hacking by Sandor Vegh
    >
    > This paper scrutinizes the language of government reports and news media
    > sources to shed light on their role in forming a negative image of politically
    > motivated hacking in general, and online political activism, in particular. It
    > is argued that the mass media's portrayal of hacking conveniently fits the
    > elite's strategy to form a popular consensus in a way that supports the
    > elite's
    > crusade under different pretexts to eradicate hacking, an activity that may
    > potentially threaten the dominant order.
    >
    > http://firstmonday.org/issues/issue7_10/vegh/
    >
    > REMEMBER TO JOIN THE ACTION TOMMORROW!!!
    > Oct 12, 2002 9am to Oct 14th 12pm.
    >
    > http://www.thing.net/~rdom/ecd/ecd.html
    >
    > Zapta Vive!
    >
    > Live and in Color from Poland.
    >
    > over and outl,
    > ricardo
    > + tripe
    >

    Fuck all hackers! They are engaged in totally malicious behavior that is
    utterly devoid of value to anybody. If you think it is fun to glamorize
    these scumsucking bums, just wait until you lose a few bucks to them because
    of a disabled server or something, and then you will change your mind. As
    for them having any kind of political consciousness, what a joke! They
    destroy people's lives, good and bad alike, simply because it gets them off.
    Fuck all hackers! They are worse than masturbating fleas!

    I write this not as part of any elite or politically reactionary force in
    society, but because I was the innocent victim of one of these shits. Fuck
    all hackers, fuck them all!

    m
  • | Sat Oct 12th 2002 1 a.m.
    ( " seems like you're confusing hackers with crackers " )

    ( " fuck all humanz " )

    ( " i have been bitten by one " )

    >Fuck all hackers! They are engaged in totally malicious behavior that is
    >utterly devoid of value to anybody. If you think it is fun to glamorize
    >these scumsucking bums, just wait until you lose a few bucks to them because
    >of a disabled server or something, and then you will change your mind. As
    >for them having any kind of political consciousness, what a joke! They
    >destroy people's lives, good and bad alike, simply because it gets them off.
    >Fuck all hackers! They are worse than masturbating fleas!
    >
    >I write this not as part of any elite or politically reactionary force in
    >society, but because I was the innocent victim of one of these shits. Fuck
    >all hackers, fuck them all!

    >m
    >
    >+ tripe

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  • mark | Sat Oct 12th 2002 1 a.m.
    on 10/12/02 1:28 PM, + lo_y. + at loy@myrealbox.com wrote:

    > ( " seems like you're confusing hackers with crackers " )
    >
    > ( " fuck all humanz " )
    >
    > ( " i have been bitten by one " )
    >

    No I have not confused anything, and your comparison with humans (or humanZ,
    whatever they are) is preposterous. Care to elaborate?

    m
  • Nile | Sun Oct 13th 2002 1 a.m.
    No longer a Wallflower"

    Note: I am humbled to have been such a twit with my "dancecard" thanks anyone
    that was encouraging for something terrible just happened...Read please?

    Well, this pithy arguing by the "antihacktivist" poster has been ECLIPSED I
    should say by the front page news (just happened) about terrorist horror
    visited upon our Australian, British, and German brethren in Bali.

    I am SO SORRY for those that suffer so for the politics that are IGNORING the
    Al Quaeda nest that has been stirred up in favour of a war with Iraq only for
    THESE are apparently; these innocent elitist disco revellers our "frontline
    army" and THAT is NOT FAIR!!

    These civilian casualities are far from the first or last victims of this
    ongoing worldwide war cry which may jeopardize more lives as time passes.
    That said, let's please think of those in Australia, England, Germany and the
    other countries (Sweden) and nationalities "Indonesian" experiencing a sad
    taste of what we in New York had an overabundant supply of just over a year
    ago today.

    How scary and how sad and the worst of it is --I lived in London, I always
    feel a chill when something of this nature happens, though I doubt my friends
    in particular were in Bali, many world travellers were.

    Then in the US CNN I had to DIG into the World section to find the US CNN
    story in it's opening PARA not EVEN aknowledging the races of those lost in
    this debacle, nor focussing on them really but on the "structural damage to
    Balinese buildings" and fixating on the "type of bomb" steering a course
    eventually through "grieving relatives" which I hope can be compared to the
    raw nerve exposed in the BBC who interviewed victim/survivors on their way to
    the hospital and are acting (appropriately I think) as though it is STILL
    HAPPENING. For the sufferers and victimss of this disaster it IS!!!

    The BBC has painted a picture we in NYC can understand of people who have
    FLED their hotels (for fear of further attacks and reprisals) and now dot the
    Balinese beaches as European refugees along with the main group of
    Australians bivouacing along the shore.....

    "Let me clear my throat" (beastie boys)

    Perhaps the powers that be fear a "detour" should the mounting toll of
    civilian casualties bring our allies to a standstill or remove the "American
    only" rictus and "special relationship" of Israelis and Americans to
    "victimization" by Pan-Arabism. I find it odd and so am conjecturing....as
    the US is almost really not giving the limelight over to a STRICKEN PEOPLE we
    NOW OWE our fullest and utmost care and attention and heartfelt empathy
    having also grieved for our own recent casualties. We need to be
    proportionate however in our media reporting!

    What is WITH our news sources lately. I am sorry I do not have both URL's I
    will post an excerpt now I feel reflects properly on the magnitude of this
    horror/debacle from the BBC (I was looking at the site as I trust BBC more
    some days but mostly as I had been considering an internship at some future
    time; tired of navel gazing, so sad at now what I see!!!) which leaves me
    aghast at the CNN reporting. Yes, it only just happened but how many
    government agencies must CLEAR the fact that the Al Quaeda are already being
    blamed by the BBC while CNN avoids
    a) personifying the dead
    b) personifying the living
    c) personifying at all!
    d) personifying the organization (responsible) and naming them or offering,
    least, educated guesses...

    Instead we have a CNN News Source that speaks in terms of building damages
    and the explosive devices used in the mission....in other words the THINGS
    AROUND the "human stories." God forbid we should stop worrying about our
    "domestic welfare" via the Sniper I suppose.

    We NEED a more WORDLY and INTERNATIONAL face on an INTERNATIONAL problem
    which is why I am so troubled by US unilateralism (personally) when we HAVE a
    UN (really)! CNN is most hopped up on the front page on sniper details and
    our own media chose not to display this disaster front and center and I for
    one am outraged! How much more do we need to go through to support "red
    dragon" at the box office?? I mean, a serial killer has apparently become
    the national anti-hero displacing Osama while the "terrorism" goes on playing
    in the background like a musical score.

    Peace,
    Elixir

    unday, 13 October, 2002, 02:44 GMT 03:44 UK
    'Terror blast' hits Bali resort

    The club was still burning hours later

    A huge explosion on the Indonesian holiday island of Bali has killed at least
    150 people in a crowded nightclub in the resort of Kuta.

    There are charred and mangled bodies everywhere, it is unbelievable

    French eyewitness Cyril Terrien

    Hospital officials estimate that 75% of the dead were foreigners, among them
    Australians, Britons and Germans, with at least another 150 reported injured.

    A doctor said many of the bodies brought into hospitals around the island's
    capital Denpasar were too charred to be identified.

    Alexander Downer: Terrorism "almost certain"

    "This is the worst act of terror in Indonesia's history," said the country's
    police chief General Da'i Bachtiar, although he did not speculate about who
    might be responsible.

    The US embassy in Jakarta had recently issued warnings of possible attacks by
    Islamic militants linked to al-Qaeda.

    Australia's foreign minister said he was "almost certain" that it was
    terrorist attack.

    "It's hard to believe there could be any other explanation for it." said
    Alexander Downer.

    Building ablaze

    There were reportedly two explosions at 2330 (1530GMT) on Saturday outside
    the Sari Club, a nightspot popular with Western tourists in Kuta.

    Hospitals have been overwhelmed by the number of injured

    The area was crowded with people out on a Saturday evening.

    One survivor said there were two blasts, the first relatively small but the
    second so powerful that it brought the building down.

    Its thatched roof and wooden walls were set on fire. The blaze spread to a
    second bar opposite and flames were still raging in both buildings several
    hours afterwards.

    General Bachtiar said the explosion had left a deep crater in the ground.

    Click here for a map of the area

    A third explosion went off almost simultaneously near the office of the
    American honorary consul in a nearby town, but no one was injured.

    Chaos and damage

    Bali is a popular holiday resort with Western tourists.

    I am going to the airport, I want to take the first flight out

    Karim Ansel
    French tourist British tourist Matt Noyce, from London, was in the bar of the
    Sari Club when there was a massive blast.

    "There was just complete panic in the bar with lots of people diving to the
    door trying to scramble over each other," he told the BBC.

    "Outside it was awful, it was like a scene you'd see from Vietnam. There were
    bodies everywhere."

    Over 100 people were injured by the blast

    Mr Noyce, who helped move the severely injured away from the fires which
    started after the explosion, said the street had been busy with tourists and
    locals.

    Another eyewitness, French photographer Cyril Terrien, said he had "never
    seen such an appalling thing".

    "There are charred and mangled bodies everywhere, it is unbelievable," he
    added.

    Some tourists fled their hotels and camped out on local beaches.

    Many are now starting to leave the resort.

    "I am going to the airport, I want to take the first flight out," said Karim
    Ansel, a Parisian tourist.

    Embassy worries

    The US embassy in Jakarta has issued a series of warnings in recent weeks
    that its nationals could be targeted by Islamic militants linked to the
    al-Qaeda terror group.

    The embassy itself closed for several days last month after intelligence
    reports indicated militant groups were planning car bomb attacks.

    Indonesian officials have in the past denied that militants linked to
    al-Qaeda are active in the country.
  • | Sun Oct 13th 2002 1 a.m.
    At 15:45 12/10/02 -0700, MWP wrote:
    >on 10/12/02 1:28 PM, + lo_y. + at loy@myrealbox.com wrote:
    >
    > > ( " seems like you're confusing hackers with crackers " )
    > >
    > > ( " fuck all humanz " )
    > >
    > > ( " i have been bitten by one " )
    > >
    >
    >
    >No I have not confused anything, and your comparison with humans (or humanZ,
    >whatever they are) is preposterous. Care to elaborate?

    http://www.tuxedo.org/~esr/jargon/html/entry/hacker.html

    http://www.tuxedo.org/~esr/jargon/html/entry/cracker.html

    ( " fuck all whatevers " )

    ( " i've been bitten by a whatever " )

    >m
    >
    >+ tripe

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