Malaysiakini
OPINIONS

UM hack - feckless activism is not justified

S Thayaparan

Published
Modified 21 Oct 2019, 3:51 am
0

COMMENT | “Propensities and principles must be reconciled by some means.”― Charlotte Brontë, 'Jane Eyre'

As anyone at Malaysiakini would tell you, I am the least computer savvy person in Malaysia. This is why the recent UM website hack is terrifying to me. Any hack is terrifying to me. The most troubling aspect of any hack is the invasion of privacy. This pales in comparison to the despondency and lack of trust which settles in after you have been through the wringer attempting to rectify the situation.

If you are like me, someone who has very little knowledge of how these things work, the loss of privacy and the subsequent scramble to “protect” whatever information is out there, the bureaucratic hassle of setting things in order becomes an ordeal. It is much worse if you are older and have to rely on more tech savvy people to help you navigate the aftermath of your personal information getting out there.

There are a couple of issues I want to unpack about this hack on UM. Over the years writing for Malaysiakini I have made friends with numerous people who consider hacking a form of activism or a business endeavor. They send me articles on ethics, famous hacks and, most interesting for me, chat group conversation about the various communities who sometimes have agendas, but more often believe in some form of anarchy...

Share this story

Comments

By posting a comment, you agree to our Terms & Conditions as stipulated in full here

TERMS & CONDITIONS

Foul language, profanity, vulgarity, slanderous, personal attack, threatening, sexually-orientated comments or the use of any method of communication that may violate any law or create needless unpleasantness will not be tolerated. Antisocial behaviour such as "spamming" and "trolling" will be suspended. Violators run the risk of also being blocked permanently.

REPORT VIOLATORS

Please use the report feature that is available below each comment to flag offending comments for our moderators to take action. Do not take matters in your own hands to avoid unpleasant and unnecessary exchanges that may result in your own suspension or ban.