Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Wickford Web Wonderkid is wanted for web attacks.

Essex Police have arrested a teenager living in Wickford for various web offences known as hacking and cyber attacks.  Ryan Cleary is allegedly the web wonderkid who has been linked to cyber attacks on Sony, the US Senate, and the CIA plus our beloved NHS. These organizations are clearly concerned and out raged by the scale of the data breaches thought to be carried out by the "hactervist" network, LulzSec, that Ryan allegedly belongs to.

Apparently he was a computer obsessive since he was 12 years of age.  Hacking has been considered to be cool and clever by teenagers, and  older hackers, who have been influenced by films and books that glorify and put such web wizardry in a positive light.  The Millennium Trilogy by Stieg Larsson has made the super-hacker  Lisbeth Salander into an urban folk heroine and goth feminist icon, certainly in the form of Noomi Rapace.  The fictional Salander hacked her way to a fortune and fabulous lifestyle, and, in the novels, brought male chauvinists to justice.  She had martial arts and fitness training so that she could really look after herself and give a good account of herself in a violent confrontation.  Many teenagers love her illegal modus operandi and wish to emulate her.

Ethical considerations and a true sense of responsibility are needed when a powerful tool is employed.  Greed, pride and the lust for power have hidden dangers which put people on the road to the broad and easy way that leads to destruction, spiritual death.

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