back to article Sorry script kiddies, hacktivism isn't cool anymore: No one cares about stuff that's easy-peasy to defend against

The youthful doings of US presidential wannabe Beto O'Rourke are in sharp decline, according to threat intel biz Recorded Future, which reckons folk have fallen out of love with hacktivism. The company's Insikt Group division said that over the past two decades hacktivism has been associated with everything from the infamous …

  1. boltar Silver badge

    The harsh (and deserved IMO) prison sentences handed out to hackers recently have probably had something to do with it too.

  2. Pascal Monett Silver badge

    Hacktivism ? Didn't that become obsolete ?

    Once upon a time the Internet was a paltry hundred million web sites. Deface one and it would be noticed. Today the Internet is billions of websites, the most consulted being the ones who are the hardest to hack, and if you hack a less-consulted one it will hardly be worthy a mention on Twitter.

    Criminals, on the other hand, are making hay out of infiltrating and encrypting company data for ransom, and they're doing it by the bucketload apparently, because they have incentive to be better. Beats hacktivists by a country mile apparently.

    1. Mark 85 Silver badge

      Re: Hacktivism ? Didn't that become obsolete ?

      Money and greed rule. If you can't get it legally, there's illegal ways.

    2. GnuTzu Silver badge

      Re: Hacktivism ? Didn't that become obsolete ?

      I suppose you can't really get a tax exemption to fund the purchase of advanced resources from the dark web.

  3. DougS Silver badge

    It would be funny if Beto won the democratic nomination

    Just to listen to Trump try to talk tech, and claim he's a risk as president because he used to be an evil hacker in his youth! He'd probably blame him personally for hacking the election after he goes down in flames.

  4. genghis_uk

    It is interesting that hacktivism is seen to be declining because reporting and sharing is in decline...

    If only our 24hr media would leave off the fear-mongering about terrorists, pedophiles and bloody Brexit (either camp, both as bad as each other)!

  5. Jobless Remix

    Loved the post!

    Really love the Content style.

    I'm actively supporting the Advocacy of Activism.

    I Like to add That...

    Hacktivism when used for good it can be a potential Swiss-Army knife.

    The way it's known is what threatens it's existence.


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