Hacking changing the landscape in the 21st century

Austin Bell, Technology Editor, Puma Press

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“Hacking,” the definition is to gain unauthorized access to data in a computer system. While this word has negative connotations ranking along with stealing and hurting peoples’ individuality and privacy, at the same time, it can also be used to unearth the lies and unlawful tactics of the powerful.

Recently, over 300 investigative journalist across the world leaked the Panama Papers a massive leak of documents exposing the offshore holdings of 12 current and former world leaders and numerous politicians and celebrities, hiding money. The paper’s revelation has demonstrated the ability to force a high-ranking national leader to step down.

Biggest Leak of all time

            No previous leaks compare to the wealth of information and size of the Panama papers. Over 11.5 million documents have been leaked, which is more than the Swiss leaks, Lux leaks and WikiLeaks combined.

Aside from being the biggest hack ever, the Panama hack has reached up the political ladder to affect world leaders. Since laws vary from country to country, it will take time to see if the countries affected will prosecute those exposed. Iceland’s prime minister has already resigned from his position as a result of the revelations.

Checks and Balances

            In my opinion, hacking and leaking are tools, neither good nor bad in themselves. I believe hacking and leaking information are fair play and can be another means to check the balance of power. If world leaders and celebrities are willing to break the rules, hackers are serving the public by exposing them.

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Hacking changing the landscape in the 21st century