Should hackers destroy communication?

It’s complicated.Really.

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<a href="" target="_blank">Source: Crisis in Ukraine (updated at 10am on 24 February 2022)</a>


Twenty-three years ago, several groups of hackers published a statement against another group’s declaration of war “against the governments of Iraq and the People’s Republic of China. Citing human rights violations and other repressive measures the [group] declared their intention to disrupt and disable Internet infrastructures in Iraq and China. “

[We, instead]strongly oppose any attempt to use the power of hacking to threaten or destroy the information infrastructure of a country, for any reason. Declaring “war” against a country is the most irresponsible thing a hacker group could do. This has nothing to do with hacktivism or hacker ethics and is nothing a hacker could be proud of."

Last week, the day after the russian invasion of Ukraine, Jaromil remembered that opposition from 1999, asking hackers to keep the networks of communication alive between Russia and the rest of the world.

Jaromil writes that “to achieve peace access to information is vital for everyone who cares about democracy… The best we can do is help many voices to exist, not shut them down. And also today what will really make a difference in this difficult situation is not yet another cyberattack seeding chaos in Russian society, but a steady channel of communication to vehicle empathy, solidarity and information”.

No answer for this. Not now, at least. Just the sad awareness that it will become a crucial issue, the next time there will be such a crisis.