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Writing an article...

Post by WritersBlock on Tue Mar 06, 2012 12:31 pm
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Hi, this is my first post, and I apologise if I have started this thread in the wrong sub-forum, but I have a somewhat unusual request.

Whilst I am fascinated by computer programming/hacking and endeavour to keep up with it as much as I can, I have no skill whatsoever in the actual discipline, and possess neither the patience or ingenuity necessary for it. However, I am a freelance Journalist, writing an article on the misappropriation of the term 'hacker' and the negative connotations it holds in the wider public perception. I will also attempt to highlight the distinction between 'hackers' and 'crackers'. To this end, I am trying to find a few people who are willing to share either their experiences or opinions on this issue. Any and all contributions will be appreciated.

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Re: Writing an article...

Post by centip3de on Tue Mar 06, 2012 7:51 pm
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WritersBlock wrote:Hi, this is my first post, and I apologise if I have started this thread in the wrong sub-forum, but I have a somewhat unusual request.

Whilst I am fascinated by computer programming/hacking and endeavour to keep up with it as much as I can, I have no skill whatsoever in the actual discipline, and possess neither the patience or ingenuity necessary for it. However, I am a freelance Journalist, writing an article on the misappropriation of the term 'hacker' and the negative connotations it holds in the wider public perception. I will also attempt to highlight the distinction between 'hackers' and 'crackers'. To this end, I am trying to find a few people who are willing to share either their experiences or opinions on this issue. Any and all contributions will be appreciated.

Thank you,
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I feel that this has already been done... But I'm much too lazy to find it. Anyways, I'm game.
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Re: Writing an article...

Post by tremor77 on Wed Mar 07, 2012 9:58 am
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There are too many terms for hacker and various interpretations for each. Many people have approached it in articles and blogs and discussion... and it evolves and changes over time. Here are some 'labels' you might want to consider... you have a few misconceptions already coming into this from your OP. Like 'hacker' vs. 'cracker'.. that's like comparing Apples to orange play-doh.

Hacker: Loosely and briefly interpreted - An individual who is driven by curiosity to explore how 'things' work, often in relation to technology. I'd make hacker a term that broadly encapsulates a subset of terms.

- phreaker

- hacktivist

- white hat or ethical hacker

- black hat or criminal hacker

- skiddie or script kiddie (likely makes up for 90%+ of those who call themselves hackers)

- cracker - several ways to interpret this but i'd go ahead and say this is someone who dedicates their time to breaking serials for consumer software and distributing them freely. Some do it based on the belief that some of this stuff should be free and/or is terribly overpriced but I find that most most of this practice is done under a larger effort to distribute malware within cracked software for criminal intent.

- chacker - my own created term for chinese hackers (if used <- please credit). Chinese hackers actual work a shift, if you watch logs of a server or site being attacked from China you'll see they start and end and precise times when they workday begins and ends. I think their goal in life is to simply make system administrators lives hell.

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I'm sure more of HTS members could have some additions. However, no matter what way you put it.. like most journalists and media - you're gonna fuck it up and portray us as this guy one way or the other.

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Re: Writing an article...

Post by WritersBlock on Wed Mar 07, 2012 12:17 pm
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tremor77 wrote: Like 'hacker' vs. 'cracker'.. that's like comparing Apples to orange play-doh.


Christ, one post in and I've already made myself look like a moron...

The whole reason I posted is so I can find out about these distinctions because of the very reason you gave-

tremor77 wrote: no matter what way you put it.. like most journalists and media - you're gonna fuck it up and portray us as this guy one way or the other.


Which is exactly what I don't want to do.

More than getting an explanation of the misconceptions around such terms, I would like to actually quote a couple of people, which would surely give you a chance to portray yourselves as you actually are.

In any case, thank you for replying.
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Re: Writing an article...

Post by LoGiCaL__ on Wed Mar 07, 2012 2:12 pm
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tremor77 wrote: - chacker - my own created term for chinese hackers (if used <- please credit). Chinese hackers actual work a shift, if you watch logs of a server or site being attacked from China you'll see they start and end and precise times when they workday begins and ends. I think their goal in life is to simply make system administrators lives hell.


Not that I'm racist or anything but this made me laugh. +1
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Re: Writing an article...

Post by tremor77 on Wed Mar 07, 2012 4:23 pm
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WritersBlock wrote:More than getting an explanation of the misconceptions around such terms, I would like to actually quote a couple of people, which would surely give you a chance to portray yourselves as you actually are.


1. Read through the HTS introductions. You'll more than likely uncover numerous posts of blatant braggadocio and complete lies but there are several true to the bone accounts in there. If there is one thing so-called hackers are great at, it's overstating their abilities and making up good stories about things they've done.

2. You'll not find a stereotype. The 'hacker' type crosses all ages, genders, races, socio-political beliefs, stock, income level, et al.

3. I would not personally profess to represent HTS or hackers in general. If there is any type of quote or question that you'd like for me to answer at length, feel free to PM.
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Re: Writing an article...

Post by mShred on Wed Mar 07, 2012 11:32 pm
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tremor77 wrote: - chacker - my own created term for chinese hackers (if used <- please credit). Chinese hackers actual work a shift, if you watch logs of a server or site being attacked from China you'll see they start and end and precise times when they workday begins and ends. I think their goal in life is to simply make system administrators lives hell.

This I wouldn't doubt. Most of HTS's DDoS attacks are from these damn chackers (Copyright tremor77, 2012).
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Re: Writing an article...

Post by tremor77 on Thu Mar 08, 2012 9:07 am
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mShred wrote:This I wouldn't doubt. Most of HTS's DDoS attacks are from these damn chackers (Copyright tremor77, 2012).


So that's how they found my server! I thought a link in my forum sig on HTS would help my websites SEO score but all it did was attract the Chackers! (©tremor77, 2012)
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