Why people tend to support hackers' group
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Why people tend to support hackers’ group

By: Shivani Arora

Published on: Thu 07 Sep 2017 07:04 PM

Uttar Pradesh News Portal : Why people tend to support hackers’ group

Anger against societal injustices and the feeling of being disconnected from the political process are more likely to drive people to support Anonymous the loose collective of hackers and online activists, psychologists have found.

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What study says?

  • The study showed that anger against the political system was the common factor.
  • In explaining the relationship between people’s belief.
  • Furthermore,that they could or could not influence political affairs and their attitude toward Anonymous.
  • The findings suggest that Anonymous are seen as “social bandits”.
  • The modern-day equivalent of figures such as Robin Hood or Jesse James.
  • In addition,who have traditionally been celebrated in local folklore.
  • As noble individuals who robbed the rich and gave to the poor.
  • “Social Banditry” theory is where political grievances that cannot be otherwise voiced trigger anger against the political system.
  • In addition,which in turn promote support for disruptive social actors.


  • In the study,the team found that people who reported feeling angry and powerless.
  • To change their political context were more likely to express their dissent vicariously.
  • In the form of support for Anonymous rather than engaging directly in the political processes (for instance by voting or protesting).
  • In addition, people who considered themselves to have an individualistic outlook.
  • Furthermore,were more likely to have a supportive attitude to groups like Anonymous.
  • In contrast, people with a collective view of society had stronger intentions to engage in direct political engagements.
  • Such as voting or participate in a public demonstration.


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