Hackers.

I get it, you know. I loved the 1995 flick starring Jonny Lee Miller and Angelina Jolie. Hell, I enjoyed it so much I even bought the soundtracks. Yes, plural. There were three, and I own them all, even though I’ve never liked much dance/electronica music.

I always thought it would be kinda fun to know that much about computers. Sitting through the endless DOS classes in high school, I dreamed of being able to do something really fun with the knowledge, instead of just knowing how to get into a file or folder through the DIR command. Nothing destructive. Nothing flashy. I just wanted to be able to do something interesting, you know?

The issue I have is with the dirtbag hackers. The ones who go out of their way to destroy websites just because they can. These creeps target innocent people, innocent businesses and agencies, tagging their websites with cyber graffiti. One of my friends had her photography blog site hacked recently by this piece of work…

Open a website hacked by The O77 Hacker and you’re greeted with the signature black screen and a little pop up window that announces that the website has been hacked. Once you click to exit the website or to get rid of the pop up, you get the full view of The 077 Hacker’s handiwork…

Try to exit out of this screen and close down your internet browser and The 077 Hacker throws one last shot at you–like a child caught stealing cookies from the jar who can’t help but to shove one last bite in his mouth…

Really? I mean, really people??? Google this 077 Hacker and you’ll see that he has defaced thousands of websites and is apparently still going strong. And for what? Glory? A laugh? A cheap thrill? Bragging rights with your hacker friends?

It makes me wonder how much time and energy these people waste with this useless past time? I mean, seriously, what kind of amazing things could they accomplish if they put their efforts into doing good or doing something constructive? Or hell, if you’re going to hack websites, why not go after websites providing kiddie porn to pedophiles. Shut those creeps down and keep our children safe. And what about hate spewing Al-Quaeda  or Neo-Nazi sites? Or how about hacking into any websites with photos of Casey Anthony and painting devil horns on her head? If you’re going to hack something, if you’ve got this God-given talent that allows you to understand and manipulate computers in ways that most people can’t even fathom, then dammit, why not harness all that energy and use it for something worthwhile?

Tonight’s 365 Project is dedicated to the hackers we hate to love and love to hate. I guess I just don’t understand it. Maybe I never will. But, in the meantime, I can only hope that someday Mr. 077 Hacker will start using his powers for good. Because remember what Uncle Ben said, with great power comes great responsibility.

About the Author Lori Romano

I am a writer, photographer, wife, mother, dog owner, half-assed housekeeper and a self-proclaimed coffee and chocolate addict. One day, I will write a book.

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