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John C. Welch @bynkii
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While I think this thread makes good points, the “hacker” battle has been lost. Also, if you’re breaking into things that aren’t yours, *regardless of intent*, you are in fact a criminal. Non-physical B&E is still B&E. Trespassing is trespassing.
This relentless celebration and encouragement of digital B&E and trespassing, glorification even has turned crime into the victim’s fault, not the criminal’s.

When someone gets their data stolen, who gets blamed? The thief? No, we blame the victim.

Even worse is the language.
“They were asking for it by not having better security.”

“They didn’t encrypt their data, they were begging to get hacked.”

“Look at their password policy, no wonder they got hacked.”

Now, let us *slightly* reword that…
“She was asking for it by not taking a self-defense class or carrying a gun.”

“She was wearing sexy clothes, she was begging to get raped.”

“Look at how drunk she was, no wonder she was raped.”

I am *not* saying the two crimes are even close to comparable, but the language is.
The language is disturbingly comparable, even the same.

It’s victim-blaming.

*Should* companies be careful with their data? Yes. Because outside of criminal acts, it helps guard against accidental, unintentional leaks.

But this victim-blaming shit has to stop.
Because when you normalize it *here*, it makes it normal *there*.

When we make it okay to blame the victim of one class of crimes, we make it okay to blame the victim of another class of crimes.

Language matters. Stop victim-blaming. It’s wrong.
Stop victim-blaming for crime, cyber crime, sexual assault, murder, robbery, or getting jacked up for your wallet.

The fault of a crime is the criminal’s. Period.

and stop glorifying breaking into shit because of “pure” intent.
Especially when wayyyy too many “white hats” find holes in things and won’t reveal them unless they’re paid off.

That’s not being a good guy. That’s not being a white hat. That’s not being a security professional.

That’s called extortion, and it’s a crime as well.
Stop that shit. Stop glorifying it.

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