[LINK] Inside the blackhat mind
Fri, 30 Jun 2000 10:32:50 +1000 (EST)
On Wed, 28 Jun 2000 firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
> Hackers of course do none of what is suggested. Hackers hack on code -
> such as Linux.
> Crackers on the other hand...
> What is the problem with the media in understanding the difference
> between hacker and cracker?
> This is hardly rocket science after all!
Reminds me of going through Canadian immigration once, where they asked me
about my qualifications. My qualifications can be summed up as 'some
university, no degree, a few years software development experience'. The
woman serving me (who looked disturbingly like Oprah) said 'So you're a
hacker!!'. I said 'Yeah ... I guess'. It was refreshing to see someone use
the 'correct' terminology, so I was somewhat taken aback. And such an
unusual place to find people using the right words ;) (Note: personally I
don't consider myself a hacker)
W.r.t. the 'blackhat' article, it's chilling to the bone to see what utter
dropkicks this particular set of crackers were. Just plain old IRC rats
with a few rootkits and a little knowledge. Does it say something about
the systems we build, when they can be exploited by complete
How do people feel about using their credit card online in light of the
calibre of these people? ;)
Luke Burton, Analyst Programmer.
inter-touch Pty Ltd (http://www.inter-touch.com).
"Persons of leisurely moral growth often confuse
giving with taking." -- Larry Wall.