Obviously, this information will be useful to Hooked so they can promote and improve their app. They use the data to show businesses that if they promote deals with Hooked, their sales will go up. I have had the app for about five months, and the amount of restaurants using Hooked has almost doubled since I started using it. They also use this information to see what deals people are using the most and what deals are not being used as often, which in turn can help restaurants with their promotions and business. If there is a deal that only, let’s say, 200 people have used in the past three weeks, Hooked doesn’t want that deal clogging up their app. The information they gather from me and other users helps them see which deals are popular and allows them to make informed decisions on what deals to keep promoting.
It depends on the situation. If it something drastic or important that I feel needs to be leaked, then yes I would. Otherwise, I do not think that it is worth it to live in asylum in Russia just to tell some people you found some stuff. I like my life here in the United States, so it has to be something extremely important for me to risk having to leave here. Some people feel like it is their civic duty to let everyone know what they find; I, for one, am not one of those people. It is an interesting debate; on one hand you have the people who support these hackers for doing their “civic duty” and on the other you have people who reprimand them for “treason”. This is definitely the first time I have heard the words “civic duty” and “hacking” in the same sentence, but I guess that is just the day and age we live in. I am not a person who likes to stir up and create drama for myself, so I probably wouldn’t leak anything unless it put me, my family, my friends, or my country at extreme risk.
I think it was ethical to hack this data in the first place. In today's world there are so many ways and methods to hide things, so hacking is one of the only ways of uncovering the truth about corrupt people. Although the Panama Papers hackers obtained the information in an illegal way, I do not think they should or will be punished. They uncovered something very important that we needed to know. However, I do think it is fair to put people on trial for the information found about them through the hackers, although I think it will be a very difficult case to pursue. I believe that the defendants will push for the whole "stolen information" thing and get out of it, but what do I know. It is a relatively new debate and I am very interested to see where it goes and what it leads to (if anything). If I were these hackers, I would be very cautious as to what and who I “hack” next. Attacking political figures and big businessmen is a very dangerous thing because you never know how much power they have. These hackers are certainly walking a very fine line at the moment.