Fred Kaplan, a national security analyst and author of Dark Territory, views this as a question that makes all hackers anarchists or ill individuals. He disputes this saying some of them are patriots who enjoy solving puzzles, and the government should, therefore, incorporate them but then there is also the problem of which of them is good and who is bad.
Senior counsel at the Electronic Privacy Information Center, Alan Butler, is in support that hackers should help the F.B.I and bases his argument that the question is all about data security. He says the government should work with hackers to patch the security hole they identify.
A hacker, Katie Moussouris, supports that hackers should be allowed to help the government as most of them always report their findings. She further supports this by giving an example of a hacker who uncovered security holes in the hospital and reported. The government should foster them to come out and help.
Matt Blaze, a computer scientist, discusses how computer literacy affects criminology. Criminals have been able to encrypt their evidence thereby being a barrier to investigations, and even the government use this technology to protect some of the most sensitive information. He is interested to find a better way but experiences the problem of software bugs, and so the only way to help is by staying a step ahead of the arms way. He wants the F.B.I to realize that as much as crime solving is important, they should know that crime prevention is as well significant.
From these views, it’s evident that hackers are capable of assisting the community at a large by being able to decrypt hidden evidence to help solve cases to alerting the security officials in cases of Security Bridge (Townsend 114). Hackers should, therefore, work together with the F.B.I as they will minimize acts of crime.
Townsend, Anthony M. Smart cities: Big data, civic hackers, and the quest for a new utopia. WW Norton & Company, 2013.