Maybe it's part of a wider problem. The net is new, lawless and largely anonymous. In many corners (including Twitter and Facebook) lies and innuendo are accepted practice. Hounding people is order of the day and impoliteness, insults, personal attacks and even death threats are considered normal. Spamming and hacking is a way of life. People do things on the net they wouldn't do in daily life. Teenagers are both major culprits and major victims, but no age class or gender is spared. This is how far we have sunk.A few days ago
, state sponsored hackers put a part of the Saudi airport system out of order. Fortunately, nobody died, but it could have happened. When a soldier shoots at another soldier across a border, that is an act of war. When a state-sponsored hacker attacks a state computer that protects lives, that is LOLZ? This is how far we have sunk.
There are only two approaches: social pressure and legal control. There is, as far as I am aware, not even an attempt to criminalise such behaviour in any international organisation and national attempts are LOLZ. As long as there are rogue states that do nothing, legal control will be imperfect, because the net knows no boundaries. As long as companies put profits above clean business methods, crooks-of-the-moment and real criminals will go free. The only tool available to us now is private naming and shaming and boycotting of sites that tolerate criminal behaviour. This is how far we have sunk.