Hacking

For the last time people.

Hacking is NOT malicious. In fact, hacking tends to be carried out with the permission of the person being hacked. Hacking generally means that you are hacking to test out security systems and the like. Google tells me:

Originally, a hacker was a term of respect, used among computer programmers, designers, and engineers. The hacker was one who created original and ingenious programs. Unfortunately, the current popular meaning of the term is used to describe those who break into systems, destroy data, steal copyrighted software, and perform other destructive or illegal acts with computers and networks. (from UVM Engineering College)

Crackers are the ones who are malicious. They are the ones who cause trouble. Damnit, will someone set the media straight???

Wait. I’m working in the field. Damn.

5 Responses

  1. Balraj October 7, 2005 / 6:51 PM

    Yup i agree. Hackers usually do have the permission of the company to hack and find security holes so that security can be increased.

    But the debate is on a very hot topic. It cannot be ruled out that most hackers today were crackers once.

    While one side says that they have all the more experience, the other questions as to what can stop the once-cracker to ‘crack’once again.

    Most security tutorial sites today talk about increasing knowledge about security, but most people are looking for hacking tools without knowing how they actually work. Such people are caught and end up in jail giving hackers a bad name…

    Kanwal ( http://kanwalpreet-singh.blogspot.com )

  2. Naoko October 7, 2005 / 8:31 PM

    True true.

    My main issue is mainly with the wording though. The legality of their actions tend to be in question, especially when they are put on media trial. That’s my main issue with it, actually. Call it the grammer/spelling nazi at work.

  3. Kamigoroshi October 7, 2005 / 8:35 PM

    Oh we do good…sometimes. Like everything else…there is always the rotten apples that give the rest of us a bad name…that and the…uhh…hollywood portrayal of hackers that gave rise to wannabe’s who think it’s cool to maliciously crack someone else’s SAM files for fun.

    Noobs.

  4. WallyJ October 7, 2005 / 10:15 PM

    If the human body was never exposed to ailments, it would be impressivly vulnerable to the slightest cold. If our country was never exposed to hacking, it would be oppressivly vulnerable to cyber terrorism. With out the creation of a malicious hacking, Afganistan could have destroyed America’s economy with a ping flood. This is why I encourange maclicious hacking, as an ethical practice.

    http://byzantineattack.blogspot.com

  5. Naoko October 7, 2005 / 10:26 PM

    And this is where I disagree with you, WallyJ. I’m all for CONTROLLED hacking, if it is ORGANIZED. With a purpose. Call it my PR training, but what you’re saying is basically contradicting yourself.

    You say that you support malicious hacking with ethics to support them. From what I’ve seen, there’s no such thing. Malicious is malicious. No two ways about it.

    Unless you meant to say malicious cracking instead of hacking, in which I don’t have a problem with.

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