Is Your Company A Target For Online Hacktivists?

The revolution will not be televised.

That was a famous saying in the 60’s during a lot of the political upheaval that was happening in America at the time.

Now the revolution will not be televised but it will be broadcast over the internet.

These days more and more people are using the internet to be able to affect political change around the world.

More than ever, the internet allows everyone to have their voices heard and counted.

In the past, actions such as this was only the domain of people who worked at or owned media outlets.

That is no longer the case.

If you have a modem and a keyboard you can get your message out to the people.

Most of the time when this happens it is something political but that is not always the case.

There are a lot of things that can be protested against and that includes your company.

If you make the wrong person mad online and they are able to find people who are sympathetic to their cause then your business could be in for some trouble.

In this article I will talk about what the hacktivist will try to do to you and your company and how you can be sure that you are not on the wrong end of such an event.

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How Does Online Hacktivism Work?

There are some things that you can do with a computer that is going to disrupt someone else.

A lot of the hackers in the past used to use these types of techniques to be able to pull off cyber pranks against different web sites on the net.

Later on, people who decided that they wanted to right some kind of perceived injustice decided that they would use these same techniques as well.

It was meant to try and get their point across.

The main point of the attack is getting a group of people who believe in the same things that they do and have them overload a web site.

This is a sort of home grown DDOS attack, otherwise known as a Distributed Denial Of Service attack.

When black hat hackers use this same technique, they usually pull it off by taking over unsuspecting users computers.

With a hacktivist attack, they will have real people voluntarily go to the web site so that they can clog up the bandwidth that the site might have.

Another form of attack that they might use is to fill up the comment section of some place that might distribute your product to the end customers.

They might purposely fill up the comments with negative reviews about the item even though they might not have tried the item before.

This is another form of attack that is particularly effective.

These groups have a large imagination and they will do whatever they can to be able to strike a blow against you and your company.

They will try their best to stay within the letter of the law but some of their more devoted members might be willing to go outside of the law to accomplish their goals as well.

This is why if you can avoid such an attack happening to you then it might be in your best interest to avoid it no matter if you are wrong or if you are right.

How Do You Or Your Company Become A Target?

There are many ways for you to become a target of an online hacktivist.

The main way is for someone to tell a story of how you somehow cheated them.

There is nothing that people hate more than a cheater.

They will go out of their way to help someone who they feel has been cheated out of what is due to them.

So if you have someone who feels this way towards you, you are going to want to get in front of it.

If you feel as if you are in the right, then you are going to want to explain yourself and tell them your side of the story.

It may not seem fair to have to explain yourself to people who are not even part of the problem or solution but this is the best way to stop the mob before it starts.

If you do not answer to the charges that are leveled at you then you will find yourself in a lot deeper trouble later on.

The internet does not have the premise of innocent until proven guilty like off line courts do.

The best thing that you can do to keep online hacktivist from coming after you is to try your best to be fair to people you do business with.

If you develop a good online reputation then people are less likely to go after you.

Even if you have a horrible allegation lobbed at you, your reputation will help you in the public eye.

About Lee Munson

Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.

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