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Title: How ethics impacts hacktivism: a reflection of events

Authors: Brian J. Galli

Addresses: School of Computer Science, Innovation and Management Engineering, Long Island University, Brookville, New York, USA

Abstract: This paper analyses the ethics of hacktivism by studying the actions of the hacktivist group called anonymous. The paper is intended to discern whether the actions of anonymous are considered ethical. In order to determine the ethics of their activities, this study discusses five major operations induced by anonymous, including ethical implications relating to each. The research indicates that of the five operations, only one operation provided substantial evidence that demonstrates unethical behaviour by the group.

Keywords: ethics; hacktivism; information technology; anonymous.

DOI: 10.1504/IJQRS.2018.091536

International Journal of Qualitative Research in Services, 2018 Vol.3 No.1, pp.11 - 20

Received: 12 Jun 2017
Accepted: 20 Aug 2017

Published online: 04 May 2018 *

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