Fear and greed. That’s all. Governments hate hackers with an intensity reserved for the most heinous of criminals, because they know that if the hackers want they can cause massive damage. Governments hire them to do these things to other governments, so they know what they are capable of. When resources or motivation are high enough, hackers can do pretty much anything you can imagine with computers.
This has resulted in governments treating hackers with some heavy hands; treating them worse, even, than violent offenders. Something, in a number of cases, which we here at DT find deeply disturbing, and which is why we support various charitable organizations that provide hacker’s legal defense.
Here at DT, we think that a man robbing a bank with a gun deserves a harsher sentence than a man robbing a bank with a computer. Period. Most citizens would agree with that view, we think. Only the banks are going to be seriously biased against the hacker, because the hacker is harder to stop and poses a greater risk of loss. The robber gets only what he can carry, but the hacker gets everything he can transfer. Nobody can physically rob a bank and walk away with $1B, but a hacker can do it digitally. That frightens financial types. One hacker can, and has, destroyed thriving businesses by emptying their bank accounts, which the banks are reluctant to pay for, even if their security is negligently low. Insurers have been abysmally slow to catch on. And what the banks hate, governments are instructed to hate. And it is a war of fear and oppression. How else does one explain crack smoking government officials remaining in office while hackers are jailed and physically assaulted by Federal government agents over minor offenses?
Going after criminal hackers instead of violent offenders is disgusting. Truckloads (hundreds of thousands) of sex trafficked children are driven nearly unimpeded throughout the world, human slavery runs more rampant than ever in history, and financial fraud and white collar crime are secondary to a bunch of guys with computers stealing from poorly secured corporations. Let the corporations and businesses look after their own and let law enforcement return to protecting the people first, and the corporations second. Businesses make profit and they can defend their own interests and if that adds to the cost of a song or a banana, then so be it, because it means it won’t get added in as a hidden cost in taxes or insurance. Who among any of us would claim that stealing music is a worse crime than rape and kidnapping? It’s absurd and insulting to people who are real victims. To do otherwise is to admit wholeheartedly that the business interests are more important than the people, yet music pirates get more attention. And that, as intelligent and responsible people, we cannot stand for.