from the wrong-side-of-the-net dept
There was an interesting article yesterday in forbes about a guy who’s life was ruined through being targeted by a cyber hacker gang. It made me think about the very real dangers of cyber gangs, if disgruntled youths begin to use the net as their next battle ground people’s online identities could begin to get trashed, are we going to start seeing digital bodyguards ? Hackers that go out and are essentially bounty hunters and protect your online identity if its tampered with. What about turf wars, will certain hacker gangs begin to claim certain websites as their own, destroying the digital turf of their rivals (and probably anyone else who’s account is held by that site). I know that this is mostly speculation but the net is a little like the “wild, wild west”, we have yet to see truly effective policing and I’m wondering how dangerous cyber criminals of the future may become to both business and individuals (especially when the leaders of these gangs get more organised).