#1
So this thread is inspired by all of the recent sites that have been attacked lately, some being big corporate sites such as Foxconn and others being sites like Steam. lots of people seem to think of them as good guys due to the fact that they hack companies like Foxconn in the name of civil rights for chinese workers, however then they proceed to steal encrypted credit card information from steam or even worse, text files containing email address and passwords from India's Microsoft store (wtf, how can they be so lazy to not encrypt that info).

obviously it is not the same group of people committing each of these crimes (or maybe it is?), however all these hackers usually get lumped into the group "Anonymous" by the media unless a specific group claims responsibility for their actions.

so what do you guys think of these hackers? before they used to be seen in a pretty negative light, however lately they have gathered a pretty big support from many internet communities.
#3
Anonymous are good at organizing a set time and clicking mouse buttons as a collective.
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So this thread is inspired by all of the recent sites that have been attacked lately, some being big corporate sites such as Foxconn and others being sites like Steam. lots of people seem to think of them as good guys due to the fact that they hack companies like Foxconn in the name of civil rights for chinese workers, however then they proceed to steal encrypted credit card information from steam or even worse, text files containing email address and passwords from India's Microsoft store (wtf, how can they be so lazy to not encrypt that info).
That's just their excuse.
ggg1 ggg3

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#5
My knowledge of Hackers is limited to the 1995 film starring Jonny Lee Miller and Angelina Jolie. And they were pretty cool and the 'good guys' so I'm assuming they're all vigilantes out to stop Alec Baldwin types.
#6
I think you have to look at each individual case and "hacker" to make that call. Each individual might have different reasons for taking a website down, it might be just for causing mayhem or doing it out of moral superiority. In some cases I might agree with websites being taken down, sometimes not, but in each group you'll find probably find an even share of looneys, self-proclaimed heroes and bored nerds. It's up to you to label it.
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#8
well, hackers are vigilantes, and if they're villains then they're not hackers, they're crackers instead, so...
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#9
If it's the stuff from Anonymous then they're just bored nerds who think they're being t3h cool.
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#11
It's almost as if they aren't a big homogeneous group and instead all have different goals and principles.
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#15
I prefer to just call them "cunts".
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Don't care what you want to call them, they have some pretty awesome wallpapers
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I prefer to just call them "cunts".

agreed +10000000