[ISN] "Hackers Don't Go To War"

From: mea culpa (jerichoat_private)
Date: Thu Jan 07 1999 - 21:24:40 PST

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    Chaos Computer Club: Frank Rieger, frankat_private Cult of 
    the Dead Cow: pressat_private !Hispahack: 
    mentesinquietasat_private L0pht Heavy Industries: 
    pressat_private Phrack: routeat_private Pulhas: 
    An international coalition of hackers strongly condemns the 
    Legion of the Underground's (LoU) recent "declaration of war" 
    against the governments of Iraq and the People's Republic of 
    China. Citing human rights violations and other repressive 
    measures the LoU declared their intention to disrupt and 
    disable Internet infrastructures in Iraq and China. In a 
    decision that was more rash than wise, the LoU will do little 
    to alter existing conditions and much to endanger the rights 
    of hackers around the world. 
    We - the undersigned - 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.
    Frank Rieger of the CCC said, "Many hacker groups don't 
    have a problem with Web hacks that raise public awareness 
    about human rights violations. But we are very sensitive to 
    people damaging networks and critical systems in repressive 
    regimes or anywhere else. The police and intelligence 
    communities regard hacking as seditious. It is quite possible 
    now that hackers - not only in totalitarian states - could be 
    jailed or executed as 'cyberterrorists' for the slightest 
    infraction of the law."
    "It is shortsighted and potentially counterproductive," added 
    Reid Fleming of the cDc. "One cannot legitimately hope to 
    improve a nation's free access to information by working to 
    disable its data networks."
    "Though we may agree with LoU that the atrocities in China 
    and Iraq have got to stop, we do not agree with the methods 
    they are advocating," said Space Rogue of the L0pht.
    Emmanuel Goldstein of 2600 said: "This kind of threat, even 
    if made idly, can only serve to further alienate hackers from 
    mainstream society and help to spread the misperceptions 
    we're constantly battling. And what happens when someone 
    in another country decides that the United States needs to 
    be punished for its human rights record? This is one door that 
    will be very hard to close if we allow it to be opened."
    Governments worldwide are seeking to establish cyberspace 
    as a new battleground for their artificial conflicts. The LoU 
    has inadvertently legitimized this alarmist propoganda. With 
    its dramatic announcement the LoU played into the hands of 
    policy makers who want complete control over the Internet 
    and are looking for reasons to seize it. If hackers solicit 
    recognition as paramilitary factions then hacking in general 
    will be seen as an act of war. Ergo, hackers will be viewed as 
    legitimate targets of warring states.
    Strategic combat planning in the United States and among 
    other nations has reached the point where real-world cases 
    are needed to justify assigned budgets. The LoU is providing 
    this real-world case now. We believe that the LoU should 
    carefully investigate the idea of declaring "war" against China 
    and Iraq.  Was it planted with them by someone with different 
    interests in mind other than advancing human rights 
    The signatories to this statement are asking hackers to 
    reject all actions that seek to damage the information 
    infrastructure of any country. DO NOT support any acts of 
    "Cyberwar." Keep the networks of communication alive. They 
    are the nervous system for human progress.
    Signed (7.1.1999): 
    2600 (http://www.2600.com) Chaos Computer Club 
    (http://www.ccc.de) Cult of the Dead Cow 
    (http://www.cultdeadcow.com) !Hispahack	
    (http://hispahack.ccc.de) L0pht (http://www.l0pht.com) 
    Phrack (http://www.phrack.com) Pulhas (http://p.ulh.as/) 
    several members of the Dutch Hackers Community (contact 
    Rop Gonggrijp, ropat_private) Toxyn (http://www.toxyn.org/)
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