Chris J Powell

What do you get when you cross a hacker with an activist?

Well you get the nebulous and far reaching Internet Hacking Group Anonymous. Now as the #Occupy “the Universe” moves into its 8th week…wow…I really can’t think of a time in my life that I could either afford or had any interest in anything that I would commit 8 weeks of my life to well something that has polarized the world as much as the #Occupy movement has. But now I am hearing more and more of the technical connection between the #Occupy movement and the Anonymous Hacker Group that has been in the new so much over the past couple of years.

I have posted before and in all likelihood will continue to post that the #Occupy movement fails in its efforts to persuade me.  I may be a part of the 99% that they advocate for but I am not part of them, nor will I ever be.  Instead of stamping my feet and begging for equality…I have made my life and my job and my environment better for ME.  This may seem selfish yes, but ask anyone that I work with…I never refuse a plea for help and I am all about the team that I work with and for.  Our success is my success and I hope that my success is their success.

A few weeks ago I took a look at the demands of the #Occupy movement…and before I jump into the Anonymous connection I thought it was worth a second glance but then I see the streams of content being displayed on their well thought out and overly dramatized website and I think of how easy it was to start to understand what it was they were trying to  do…4 weeks ago but now…its just lost in the rhetoric and whining.

 

But enough of my anti-Occupy thoughts and on to Anonymous.  What do you get when you combine a class of people that have been coddled and handed far to much for far to long with a fat pipe internet connection, a super powerful computer and well as much time as they want to be able to focus on a new form  of protest “Hacktivism”.

Anonymous has had a busy year and beyond just the interesting connection with one of my favorite movies of all time (V for Vendetta) their ranks and breadth of activity continue to grow.  Looking at the Wikipedia page for the group it looks much like the battle honors of fallen heroes:

  • Attack on Fine Gael website
  • Arab Spring Activities
  • Attack on HBGary Federal
  • Purported threat against the Westboro Baptist Church
  • 2011 Wisconsin protests
  • 2011 Bank of America document release
  • Operation Sony
  • Spanish Police
  • Supporting 2011 Indian Anti-corruption movement in cyber space
  • Operation Malaysia
  • Operation Orlando
  • Operation Intifada
  • Operation Anti-Security
  • Operation Facebook
  • Operation BART
  • Support of Occupy Wall Street
  • Operation DarkNet
  • Opposition to Los Zetas

 

Now I am not sure if it is more just indifference, but many of these actions I had not heard of so I see that the you are busy but so what!  All I see is a bunch of whiners that are a combination of a large group of under and unemployed youth with a group of technical specialists hell bent on setting all information FREE well you really do have a recipe for violent confrontation and disaster.

 

Hactivism will be a blight on the online world for years to come. It will force increased Security Spending and will be nothing more than an annoyance for everyone.  Do I feel that all information should be free…absolutely.  Do I feel that for the good of society some things should be locked behind firewalls…you bet’cha.  But the acts of Anonymous are not just simple attempts at setting the information free…they seek profits and notoriety.  They are the Terrorists of the 21st century and while they may not kill, they do just as much harm as a bomb in a crowded market.

 

Beyond everything that will come out of the Cyber Protests and the Physical Protests and I am sure that there will be changes to the way our World operates…many good things and I am quite positive many bad things as well, then I say to all who are there…Stop flooding my inbox, my Google+ account, my Twitter and my Facebook with the images that will forever prevent you from being gainfully employed in the future.

 

Your actions today because you post your video to YouTube and provoke Riot Police from engaging your “peaceful” yet unlawful protests will forever be available to every college recruiter, HR Professional and heavens forbid Government Benefits Administrators who will not only scrutinize your actions of today for years to come but your spiral of under employment.  Your fancy Master’s Degree will earn you a really cool shirt and the greeting of “Would you like fries with that?”

 

I can understand how ticked off some of those protesters are, their homes foreclosed upon, their jobs sent to far away lands, hundreds of thousands of dollars of debt piled upon you…but at the end of the day each and every person who goes into debt does so on their own.  The Banks, to my knowledge are not FORCING you to sign for your 8 rounds of Student Loans, or the purchase of a $500,000 home on your $40,000 per year income.  These are choices YOU made.  And now you stand out in MY streets and ask for “guaranteed living wage income regardless of employment.”  I cry foul on this one in a big way!

 

I would likely be a whole lot less Anti-Occupy and Anti-Anonymous if this debate was on sustainability and not about how we need to wipe debt out for the poorest people…well guess what…here comes a rare glimpse into a full on Krispy Tirade or Super Rant.

 

I WAS UNDEREMPLOYED, I MADE SOME MISTAKES WHEN IT CAME TO MY CREDIT AND I HAVE PAID THAT PRICE.  MY UNDEREMPLOYMENT AND SUBSEQUENT CYCLE OF MENIAL JOBS WAS MY OWN DOING…I SCREWED UP.  BUT WITH THAT ADVERSITY I FOCUSED ON MAKING IT OUT THE OTHER SIDE.  I HAVE A WORK ETHIC, I STRIVE TO BETTER MYSELF AND IN TURN THOSE AROUND ME.

 

I AM ON THE CUSP OF BEING WHAT YOU NIMRODS CALL THE 1% AND THAT IS BECAUSE I WORK DAMN HARD AT BEING THE BEST I CAN BE FOR BOTH MYSELF AND MY FAMILY.  TODAY I LIVE IN A RENTED TOWN HOUSE THAT I HATE BUT IT IS WHAT I CAN AFFORD AND I AM FOCUSED ON GIVING MY FAMILY A BETTER LIFE…A LIFE THAT I HAVE BUILT, NOT ONE THAT WAS HANDED TO ME.

IF ANY OF YOU TOOK A LOOK AT JUST HOW SELFISH EACH OF YOU ARE BEING AND INVESTED THAT INTROSPECTION INTO A REAL PLAN FOR FIXING THE CRAP THAT YOU BUILT…NOT CORPORATE AMERICA, NOT CORRUPT POLITICIANS AND CERTAINLY NOT A FAILING EDUCATION SYSTEM AT FAULT…IT IS YOU AND YOU ALONE THAT MUCKED UP THE WORKS AND THEN COLLECTIVELY THE CRAP THAT WE PRODUCED HAS GUMMED UP THE GLOBAL WORKS.

 

YOUR ACTIONS WILL NOT SUCCEED IN MAKING ANY REAL AND LASTING CHANGE…I HATE TO SAY THIS BUT YOU ARE WASTING MY TIME AND THE RESOURCES OF COLLAPSING LOCAL GOVERNMENTS.  YOU WANT YOUR CAKE AND EAT IT TO AND THAT JUST DON’T WORK.  YOU DAMN WELL DO NOT SPEAK FOR ME SO STOP SAYING YOU DO!

 

WOULD I LOVE TO KNOW MY DAUGHTER’S EDUCATION WILL BE PAID FOR…ABSOLUTELY BUT NOT AT THE EXPENSE OF BANKRUPTING THE GOVERNMENT.  WOULD I LOVE TO KNOW THAT MY RETIREMENT WILL BE A BED OF ROSES…YOU BET ‘CHA BUT THAT IS NOT THE ROLE OF MY GOVERNMENT…IT IS MINE AND MINE ALONE.

 

Well i should really stop because there is nothing that sets me off more than self righteousness and I think that that little “internet yelling match” was right on the border.  It is Sunday here…a day of rest but I have chosen to bring work home with me.

 

Cheers and have a great day.

 

Chris J Powell

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