Dr. Keith Ablow is a forensic psychiatrist, columnist, and regular contributor for Fox.  He recently discussed the mindset of a hacker… particularly Hector Xavier Monsegur, alleged founder of LulzSec, a hacker group that may number in the thousands and is active in several countries.  Monsegur is better known in cyber-space as “Sabu.”

LulzSec is a group akin to Anonymous.  Both engage in activities designed to disrupt, disable, or gain data from high profile web sites.  According to Cnet.com, some of the attacks include hacking UK ATMs, leaking data from Sony Music, the U.S. Senate, CIA, UK’s Serious Organized Crime Agency, Arizona Public Safety, Apple, Booz Allen Hamilton (U.S. defense contractor), Vanguard Defense Industries, and others.

Dr. Ablow describes Monsegur as having sociopathic traits that would normally limit him to poverty and petty crime except for the presence of the Internet.  Ablow suggests that the Internet amplifies everything in human behavior for better or worse.  While drawing parallels between Monsegur and Adolf Hitler’s character, Dr. Ablo notes that the reasons that a Hitler was such a rare event is due to the necessary convergence of political environment, recent national history, captivating oratory, and the ability to mobilize the masses.  Today, however, all that is required is skill, pathology, and the Internet.

Bruce Bremer, MBA is LET’s technology contributor. Bruce retired from the Submarine Service after 21 years of in-depth experience with complex electronic technology. Since then, he has been involved in fleet modernization and military research analysis. He teaches electronics and alternative energy at a Virginia college. Besides his MBA, Bruce earned a Bachelor of Science degree in computer networking. He has been volunteering in public safety for many years.

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