“We are all now connected by the Internet, like neurons in a giant brain.”

–Stephen Hawking

While the age of internet has given us access to incalculable amounts of information, this interconnectivity has also caused damage to the world in various ways. Hacking has led to the invasion of privacy, blackmail using the internet and massive internet frauds which have lost a lot of people a lot of money. But through hackers, we have also been granted access to classified information stored by many governments looking to hide the truth from their voters. The public is often kept in the dark, but a new breed of hackers, playfully termed, ‘hacktivists’, looking to use hacking for positive outcomes has changed the whole sphere of the debate. The prime example of this is WikiLeaks, which reportedly uses millions of anonymous ‘sources’ (hackers or government moles) to release classified information. While the public as a whole unquestionably benefits, the use of hacking as a means to do this has often brought up the old debate of whether the end justifies the means.