In recent years, hackers have become both political and media subjects. “Every time there is a cyber attack, they blame hackers,” said Emmanuel Goldstein, hacker and journalist based in New York, founder of the magazine and the group “2600”, during his weekly radio show, Off the Hook, “like with Trump’s election. Actually the governments make the mess, hackers are the ones that take away the trouble.”
How do hackers “solve problems”?
“The hackers are the ones who not only find vulnerabilities, but who
figure out how to fix them, and how to beat the exploits. – explains Rob Vincent, part of 2600 group – For example when the original WannaCry attack happened, a hacker researching the problem discovered that the WannaCry malware tried to connect to a nonexistent domain. The domain turned out to be a “kill switch” in WannaCry placed there by its programmer; when the hacker registered the domain, WannaCry malware all over the world connected to it and then shut itself down.”
Vulnerabilities in Microsoft have been used by the National Security Agency to infiltrate Swift network and, last April, made public by the mysterious Shadow Brokers group: what part does the NSA have in these scandals?
“That agency as well as the surveillance state in general, has a lot to answer for in the current state of affairs by virtue of how they direct the public discourse and push their agenda of further invading the lives of innocent people without cause in the name of keeping us safe” – says Vincent.