The Internet has become such an integral part of our lives that, in many countries, connection to it is a human right. The reason behind this is the people’s right to freedom of expression and opinion. Websites like Facebook, Reddit, and Instagram are all great outlets to achieve this. But not everyone respects their fellow users. Some people use it as a means to – either as an individual or a group – cause people a lot of distress. While it can be mild and meaningless, it can also be very targeted and severe, ruining people’s lives.
But you don’t have to be the target to become a victim of trolling. Some organized groups go for large companies, which leads to popular services like Xbox Live, Spotify and Twitter becoming inaccessible. Even the NHS, and other important organizations, have had their systems shut down at the hands of malicious web activity. The fact that these major companies, with such solid security infrastructures, can be exposed, just goes to show the capability of today’s hackers and web trolls.