How many allegations of data intrusion are being investigated in light of the News of the World 'phone hacking' scandal?  It's hard to say but there are at least five seperate police operations, and well over 100 documented instances of cracking by journalists and others, in collusion in many cases with police, security and other officials.  But while that is going on, let's just focus on throwing the book at the teenagers ... the anonymous and fantastic figure known only as 'the hacker'.  All of this stuff is contrived, but what is clear is that the Situationist spirit to revolt carries on, consciously and unconsciously.  Instead of using violence to express revolt, the internet can be used.  The lure of the product world proves too strong for most, but a dead, dead life is still the essential product of modern capitalism...