At this hackathon I overheard some conversations regarding cracking servers and other assets amongst the hackers. Now most of the conversations were jokes & banter but they got me thinking about overall cyber ethics and who or what is influencing these young hackers. Are they developing ethics while honing their skills? Do they realize the consequences or impact of their choices & actions? I'm sure most of them have thought of the consequences and can justify their actions based on their ethical perspectives but the question still remains - Are their actions legal? Who is educating the youth on the governing cyber & technology laws?
I've actually been giving these questions lots of thought. There has always been a huge divide between the hacker & Law Enforcement communities. Why the divide? These two groups often share the same ethics and morals. Take child pornography as an example, law enforcement & hacker groups make it their mission to take these sites down via cyber attacks or straight up crime fighting. In this regard these groups share the same ethics and mission. One side maintains a vigilante perspective and the other sanctioned & backed by the courts.
As veteran hackathon mentor I've been inspired for quite some time now to organize a Hack event that facilitates cyber Law Enforcement officials serving as mentors to young hackers. Where cops and hackers can hack on cool projects side by side and build next gen technologies together. So if you're a hacker, technologist, cop, federal agent or all of the above post your thoughts & comments or better yet get involved and organize an LE / Hacker event of your own in your town.
I've already got the ball rolling on a local LE / Hacker event and I will post my progress in this blog.