Hacking in this digital age has evolved from something quiet mysterious and niche, to something that is used daily to improve and better secure networks.
Of course, it still remains dangerous and something to be concerned about, however it is interesting to note that there is such a variety of ways that it is used in current times.
I remember being in high school when the internet was really evolving and the teachers always bringing guest speakers in to warn us about never storing or sending anything personal or scandalous on our phones because “the police will always be able to see it”.
In fright of these talks, I grew up being really cautious of what I had on my phone and how I interacted with the internet (which was probably a good thing) but as I’ve gotten older I’ve realised that there’s definitely more interesting things to hack than a 16 year old’s iPhone 5.
This weeks lecture used the example of hacker Julian Assange (co-founder of WikiLeaks) who leaked information about the US government. BBC says that to his supporters, is a valiant campaigner for truth. To his critics, he is a publicity seeker who has endangered lives by putting a mass of sensitive information into the public domain.