Hackers are being radicalised by government policy

Tuesday, 28 June, 2011 - 22:00

LulzSec is not an isolated phenomenon – official efforts to control the internet are increasing online radicalisation.

Now that the LulzSec boat has sailed over the horizon, it seems a good moment to take stock of the past weeks' "hacktivism" frenzy. We've been bombarded with images of oddballs lurking in murky chatrooms – geeky teenagers who are simultaneously global cyber-villains. Given the reporting, we'd be forgiven for thinking that it's all about the personal obsessions of a few nerds. This would be to ignore the wider context.