'Ethical Hacking'

Hacking your own Laptop; legal?

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Re: 'Ethical Hacking'

Posted 18 October 2010 - 10:21 AM

View Postmoopet, on 14 October 2010 - 08:54 AM, said:

Obligatory "hacking does not mean what you think it means" comment.


Seconded. If you're asking about "hacking" in this kind of context you're probably paying too much attention to the knews, which, while it's not the masses-controlling opiate some people suggest, is significantly dumbed down so that Elmer Fudd doesn't have to open up his dictionawy evewy time he watches CNN.

"hacking", the way it's defined by the people who actively do it (whether or not they are part of a 'hacking' community), generally means "finding unconventional solutions to problems", eg "I hacked my gameboy's screen to show the output from my graphing calculator".
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Re: 'Ethical Hacking'

Posted 18 October 2010 - 10:33 AM

Slightly related website that a coworker showed me a couple months ago:

http://hackaday.com/
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Re: 'Ethical Hacking'

Posted 24 October 2010 - 08:45 PM

You might find this interesting.. atleast I did when I was younger:

http://www.hackthissite.org/
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Posted 26 October 2010 - 10:21 AM

Isn't hacking making model trains/tracks? :P

Also I wouldnt say planting virii is exactly ethical, unless your doing it on a LAN with no net access. You could set up a webserver and try some pen testing, XSS and SQL/Javascript injections. Buffer overflows are also fun to play with. Also be careful when scanning IP's especially if they are on your ISP's subnet some ISP's look out for this and ban people.
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Re: 'Ethical Hacking'

Posted 26 October 2010 - 12:55 PM

View Postearlgrey, on 26 October 2010 - 09:21 AM, said:

Isn't hacking making model trains/tracks? :P

Also I wouldnt say planting virii is exactly ethical, unless your doing it on a LAN with no net access. You could set up a webserver and try some pen testing, XSS and SQL/Javascript injections. Buffer overflows are also fun to play with. Also be careful when scanning IP's especially if they are on your ISP's subnet some ISP's look out for this and ban people.


In that case I've been hacking in all manners of definitions since 1986 when I got my first HO scale model train set and began 'hacking' with my grandpa.
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Re: 'Ethical Hacking'

Posted 26 October 2010 - 02:16 PM

View Postlordofduct, on 26 October 2010 - 11:55 AM, said:

View Postearlgrey, on 26 October 2010 - 09:21 AM, said:

Isn't hacking making model trains/tracks? :P

Also I wouldnt say planting virii is exactly ethical, unless your doing it on a LAN with no net access. You could set up a webserver and try some pen testing, XSS and SQL/Javascript injections. Buffer overflows are also fun to play with. Also be careful when scanning IP's especially if they are on your ISP's subnet some ISP's look out for this and ban people.


In that case I've been hacking in all manners of definitions since 1986 when I got my first HO scale model train set and began 'hacking' with my grandpa.


The term "Hacking" is said to have been used even before the homebrew computer club by some train modelling club in America. So I guess the term means lots of things to different people. Myself I see hacking as exploring. You build a system, your hacking. Write software your hacking, exploring a network is hacking too. Breaking into computers for illicit purposes, cracking.

(edit)Model Train Club (hacking)

This post has been edited by earlgrey: 26 October 2010 - 02:22 PM

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