Saturday, July 21, 2012

Hackers : Outlaws and Angels

This an inside story about hackers on the both sides - outlaws and angels which is talking about hackers (White Hat and Black Hat). It is a bit out-dated (around the year of 2002) but it is still worth to watch, in my opinion.

Hacking means finding out weaknesses in a computer or computer network, though the term can also refer to someone with an advanced understanding of computers and computer networks. Hackers may be motivated by a multitude of reasons, such as profit, protest, or challenge. The subculture that has evolved around hackers is often referred to as the computer underground but it is now an open community. While other uses of the word hacker exist that are not related to computer security, they are rarely used in mainstream context. They are subject to the long standing hacker definition controversy about the true meaning of the term hacker. In this controversy, the term hacker is reclaimed by computer programmers who argue that someone breaking into computers is better called a cracker, not making a difference between computer criminals (black hats) and computer security experts (white hats). Some white hat hackers claim that they also deserve the title hacker, and that only black hats should be called crackers.

"Learn to hire a thief to try to steal something, don't hire a cop." (at 16:50)

"The battle between the angels and outlaws seem sat to continue. But hackers on the both sides know that like many conflicts, they between both of the people speak the same language, use the same tools and play the same game." (at 47:58)

That's all! See you.