A Year Ago: Hackers question Denial of Service as political protest

    Date13 Mar 2001
    CategoryHacks/Cracks
    3926
    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    The Electrohippies take on Cult of the Dead Cow in hacking legitimacy dispute A row has broken out between UK Internet activists, the Electrohippies, and US ethical hacking group, Cult of the Dead Cow, over whether Denial of . . . The Electrohippies take on Cult of the Dead Cow in hacking legitimacy dispute A row has broken out between UK Internet activists, the Electrohippies, and US ethical hacking group, Cult of the Dead Cow, over whether Denial of Service attacks are a legitimate form of Internet activism.

    The Electrohippies have published a report that claims the recent attacks were a statement against the commercial development of the Internet, and suggests this technique should be developed as a legitimate form of protest on the Net.

    "Recent actions on the Internet against e-commerce sites are not a matter of pleasure seeking by bored computer nerds," reads the Electrohippies' message. "They represent a fundamental disagreement about the purposes of the Internet, and the increasing emphasis on the use of the Net as a vehicle for profitable trade, rather than of knowledge and discussion."

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