Being alive sure is a wonderful feeling, but when it comes to moral regards, life certainly can be a fertile ground for dilemmas. Personally, I’m a big fan of privacy… but all the while I’m a huge fan of transparency. So it’s no surprise that sometimes I get mixed feelings about certain things. As rule of thumb, it’s best to keep in mind though, that every coin is double-sided. So, if you’ll indulge my reasoning, I’ll provide you with a specific example: Hacking email accounts.
I’ve just stumbled across this great post focusing on How to hack hotmail accounts, and at first I thought… bloody hell, what’s wrong with those people, spreading such knowledge. Nothing good can come out of that, and it disseminating such information will only spread chaos and disrupt our collective well-being. But then it ocurred to me that transparency is more important than privacy; this may sound like an inconvenient remark, and it may sound as though I’m expressing my anarchist side… but come on, think with me.
Knowledge is neither good or bad. Spreading knowledge is always good, even when it looks disruptive. Not only can I list a number a reasons – off the top of my head – that people would have a legitimate interest in hacking someone else’s email…. truth of the matter, that’s wholly besides the point. I’m all for free dissemination of information… even when it hurts. Truth may appear inconvenient from our personal, limited standpoints, but on a grand scale, I feel truth is liberating. It may sound contradictory, but spreading exploits such as this one is the best way of a) informing people and helping them keep protected, and b) preventing ill-willed people from abusing such exploits.
Granted, you might argue: “what if someone hacked into your email account, would that make you happy?”; to which I’ll reply… “on a grand scale that’s absolutely irrelevant; nothing but an egotistic trifle”. On a grand scale, spreading this methods will bring them into public knowledge, and such popularization will ultimately lead Hotmail to develop new strategies that will make these techniques obsolete… until new techniques are eventually uncovered. That’s what I’m telling you, little Simbas from all across the vast cyberspace landscapes… it’s just the circle of life.