Richmond and Bilton,
Your article was definitely an interesting read. I think it is ridiculous to believe that the hacking will stop because a few law officials said it needs to. Hacking has been around since the early 1900's and has really blown up on the scene with the advancements in current technology. That being said, it is easy to imagine that hacking is only going to continue to grow as our technology continues to get better and better. On that same note as long as their are people who disagree with that status quo, there will be hackers. The motives are never always straight forward -- some do it for political gain, some for financial, and others just because they can. Maybe they believe that their message will be adopted by others and the cause they are fighting for will grow. Hasn't this already happened with Anonymous? A fully functional network of hackers and "geeks" with no true leadership or formal authority. It is amazing what people can do when come together for a collective purpose. The public is obviously not going to all share the same opinion of hackers, but the truth of the matter is that they are here and they are here to stay. Unless the government is able to make exponential advances in their defense technology and stay "ahead" of the hackers, so to speak, then the hackers are always going to have their ways of infiltrating systems.