Since the start of the 20th century, we’ve progressively added modern technology to the way wars are conducted. From automatic weapons to airplanes and submarines, there is no doubt that technology isn’t just for the consumer. As a matter of fact, many of the technologies we enjoy everyday started as government or military projects. The 21st century has ushered in a new kind of technological warfare that is happening virtually instead of face to face prompting everyday citizens to get involved, they’re called “hacktivists.”
Groups like Anonymous conduct cyber war against those they feel are hurting the world citizenry and often times it can be very effective. Another such group joining in the cyber war against ISIS are called Ghost Security Group and claims to be much more focused and organized than Anonymous and have even prevented some attacks.
“We have structure and leadership,” DigitaShadow told CNNMoney. “We also have a lot of counterterrorism experience. We have translators, linguists, research analysts on hand to analyze all the data that we receive.”
“Without a doubt, this group has saved lives. At least into the dozens,” Smith told CNNMoney. “There are people working in the national security community in the United States, Europe, the Middle East … who will never be credited with that.”
“We realized for the first time, you could be [attacked] in the streets of Paris and attacked in [your] hometown in America,” DigitaShadow said. “Everybody could become a victim. So we wanted to do what we could to help slow them down.”
Ghost Security Group seems to have done some good in the battle against terror — and ISIS — and it seems a new form of vigilantism has been born. But is it safe and should we as citizens be involving ourselves in matters of war? Or is it possibly our duty to get involved?
What’s your opinion? What do you think of hacktivist groups like Ghost Security and Anonymous? Let us know in the comments below or on Google+, Facebook and Twitter.Source: CNN Philippines