Why do hackers hack


Why do hackers hack
By Dick Bishop/ Columnist
Thursday, February 10, 2005

Suppose for a moment that a complete stranger walks up to you, stares you right in the eye, and says, “I’m taking your name and everything you have;” then turns and walks away without another word. What would you do? The person has gone. The threat has been made. It couldn’t have been serious. Maybe you just imagined it. Maybe you didn’t.

     Three months after your encounter, when you’ve forgotten all about it, your phone rings. “Hello, my name is Bob Turner. I’m with X bank.” Right away you think, “That’s where I have my MasterCard,” or whatever credit card it might be. Then come the questions: “Did you order a batch of checks to be sent to you at…” and it’s an address you’ve never heard of. “Are you in the process of opening a new account at…” and it’s the same or even a different address. First, how do you know this person is for real? How do you check the reliability of this telephone call? Does all of this sound preposterous? Take it from one who’s been there, it’s not. This stranger or someone has turned out to be your worst nightmare.

Was it ahacker who broke through your firewall, sent in a Trojan Horse, a worm, or some other virus? Did they somehow manage to pluck your Social Security Number, mother’s maiden name, or some other confidential piece of information that you thought was protected?…

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Comments (3)

  1. Peter da Silva says:

    Gee, I saw the title and figured it would be an article about dedicated and compulsive programmers. This kind of activity isn’t "hacking" in the new sense or old. You were phished, my phreind.

    Take it from me, I’ve been there.

    It wasn’t a "hacker", either kind, who was involved when I started getting those mysterious calls from banks. It was someone rooting through garbage cans. You want to keep from getting phished, buy a shredder.

  2. Stanislas says:

    Hacker is really a word that can mean many things depending on the people that use this word.

    For most of the medias, an hacker is a bad guy who breaks information system (in fact, a good term is a Cracker). This big picture of the evil guy is the picture that most of people have about Hacker :-(

    This word is also really a good way if you want to increase trafic on a web site (If I look at my blogs statistics, posts that includes the word Hacker are more visited than the others). Personnaly, I like to blog those articles to show that "Hacker" is a word with many definition :-)

    For developpers and "old" computers guys, a hacker is someone with a deep knowledge in IT (in general but most of the time in particular areas like telco, system programming…)

    For others, a hacker is also a person that can use Social Engineering to abuse people to obtain informations

    For me, a good example of hacker is Kevin Mitnick (his book "The Art of Deception" begin wih his definition of a hacker)