Just to recap: It is okay to destroy something that lots of people pay for and rely on to entertain themselves, and it is okay to release sensitive information about millions of people, but doxxing millionaires is “controversial.” This is not an isolated case either. Even the Stratfor hack, which was an undeniably anti-corporate act (which incluided stealing emails, donating to the Manning support fund with stolen corporate credit cards, and replacing the company’s website with a manifesto about communal living brought about through armed insurrection) never treated the executives of Stratfor the way they might treat a kid that owned a Playstation. Unless a CEO says something brash about Anonymous itself (as was the case with HBGary Federal) hackers seem to hit customers hard, but treat executives about as harshly as a retiree writing an angry letter about sub-par cable programming.
[F]or all of the ostensible machismo and trickster joviality [of these hacks], there is an underlying respect for the security state. If any motivation (outside of “the lulz” which is more of a means than an end when you think about it) can be attributed to hackers it is the following: more and better security, deference to millionaires, and the sacrifice of immoral people for the future common good. That sounds an awful lot like Republicans.
–David Banks on the conservative hacker.
The vast majority of modern “hactivism” is conservative/libertarian/neoreactionary, which is unsurprising given the kinds of locales it forments in (e.g. chan boards).
It’s also cowardly. The problem with targeting people like CEOs is they have money, and they will sue you, the hacker, personally. The hundreds of thousands of people you pissed on by leaking their details from some online store? They’re not going to blame you, they’re going to blame the store.
(Also, for the record, there’s a lot of ahistoric lionisation of hackers as anti-capitalist “tricksters” in Banks’ article that has my eyes rolling out my skull. He’s also very obviously never actually met a bureaucrat, let alone ever worked in a bureaucracy, but okay. Whatever.)