Hacking For Art

from the what's-art? dept

Wired has an article today about the “Open Source Art Hack” project that got shut down yesterday by the museum’s ISP. Part of the art exhibit was a port scanner that would scan various sites for vulnerabilites and display the results on a news tracker. However, one of those sites realized their ports were being scanned and complained to the ISP, and they told the museum to shut it down. It raises some questions about whether or not hacking is “art”. I think, in a situation like this, it’s pretty clear what’s happening, and the ISP should say it’s okay – so long as the scanning isn’t causing any real problems for the sites being scanned.

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