It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that Ryan Cleary, the suspected hacker in the centre of the LulzSec hacking attack, has announced he has Aspergers syndrome. This places him in good company with the UK’s other top hacker Gary McKinnon.
Some things immediately springs to mind. Firstly, how good a hacker can they be if they are caught within hours of their “attacks”. Secondly, what’s the thing with Aspergers anyway?! Is it a short cut to hacking skills? Do the NSA and GCHQ employ these type of people in order to combat the other hackers?
Maybe it’s something we could use to target potential suspects, if this isn’t being done already.
But isn’t prevention better than cure? Is there not a vaccine that could be given to Aspergers who like computers? Or strong medication…
After all, we do need protection from this dangerous epidemic.
Ok, I admit it. I’m being satirical. The fact that the current reporting on this case carries the same language as a terrorist report and repeatedly reiterates an inferred link between Aspergers and “hacking” should be watched carefully.
How long before this very story doesn’t run for real? Maybe it already has.
Send me a link if you find it.