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Cyber Crime? More Like Cyber Protest

The use of cyber hacking to forward a message and inspire a large group of people is on the rise according to a CNN article. The article cites the recent hacking of the official European Union website. The EU website pictured the Prime Minister of Spain, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, as the popular comedian Mr. Bean. On a more serious note, the official webiste of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was hacked to read, “my favorite voice Neda,” the woman killed during the Iranian election protests last summer. Ahmadinejad’s site originally read, “my favorite singer Michael Jackson.”

Some experts believe that cyber hacks like these are  apart of  a rising trend; protesting with the use of the internet to gain greater exposure rather than a classic demonstration.

Ann Arbor Networks chief security officer and security expert Danny McPherson believes, “The reality is, this is sort of the 21st century form of a street protest, except [hackers] have a global reach, and these leaders are being embarrassed in a very public, global way.”

McPherson further noted that visitors to the hacked sites are also in danger of receiving malware. “It’s a pretty ugly proposition from a risk-management perspective,” said McPherson. “The site is being compromised, and not only that, but it can be used to compromise anyone visiting the site, which is far worse than any traditional protest.”

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