Two North Carolina young adults have been arrested for hacking into many government official’s private emails. The list of people affected include CIA Director John Brennan, Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr., former FBI Deputy Director Amy Hess, and many more. Along with the 22 and 24 year old North Carolinians, a group of teenage boys in the United Kingdom are also being investigated for involvement. The group gained access to these people’s personal information by pretending to be a tech support worker, and used acquired information to lock these officials out of their email and social media accounts and mess with them.
This article connects to democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, who was accused of making underhanded deals with Russia using her personal email, and put our country’s national security at risk for personal gain. The hackers in this article tapped into so many official’s personal accounts in an attempt to expose corruption, if there was any. I believe these hackers were trying to expose what they could before the officials could do anything about it. Either that or they were just hoping to create a scene.
Do you think in our new age of technology that it’s easier for someone to put our national security at risk? Should we have stricter laws concerning technology? Would you say the hackers were justified if they were trying to expose corrupt officials?