Hackers and Hacking
CS 3604 Participant, Fall 1996
- Originally - A person who pulls clever practical jokes.
- Generally - A good programmer.
- According to the Press - A malicious meddler who tries to discover
sensitive information by snooping around where they should not be.
Categories of Hacker
by Donn Parker, and by William
- Hackers do have a
sense of ethics.
- Hackers believe that their duty is to share their expertise
by writing free software and sharing information. (Basis of GNU)
- No damage, No Crime.
- Help Sysops and Admins by breaking in.
- 90% of hackers willingly share hacking information.
How Hackers Hack
- Mr. RAD.
- 13 year old boy in 1986.
- Used a Commodore 64.
- Ran a hacker BBS
- Wrote and ran phreaking programs
- Cost innocent phone customers more than $300,000.
- Caught red handed by the F.B.I.
On-line with a Superhacker.
- is there such a thing?
- IBM suggests
that there is!
- Hacking is easy, so make sure you are secure.
- If you hack sooner or later you will be caught.
- Computer professionals must be responsible with the information
they acquire and hold.
- Security professionals can learn from hackers.
- There are benefits.
Last updated 98/07/01
Edited and expanded by J.A.N. Lee,