[Dailydave] The Threshold of Hackiness

Vitaly Osipov vitaly.osipov at gmail.com
Wed Jan 2 19:59:37 EST 2013


Definition of HACKER

1 : one that hacks
2 : a person who is inexperienced or unskilled at a particular
activity <a tennis hacker>
3 : an expert at programming and solving problems with a computer
4 : a person who illegally gains access to and sometimes tampers with
information in a computer system

I think HD means #3, and you - #4.


On Sun, Dec 30, 2012 at 7:10 AM, Martín <ole at makensi.es> wrote:
> Hi all,
> Found myself looking at a recent discussion about the potential monopoly tech–wise that metasploit may be creating when talking about exploit development.[1]
> In his first reply HD leaves a rather interesting related piece:
> "[...]
> Finally - hacking is not exploit development. You can be a great exploit developer and still be a terrible hacker, as well as the inverse. If you want to learn to hack, understand your tools, take them apart, tweak them, and generally grok why they do they do. If you have development skills, make them better, and if you aren't a selfish bastard, share them with the rest of the security community under an open source license =)
> "
> I can agree to some extent, but I find difficult to set the threshold of cluelessness one can accept from a supposedly "good hacker".
> Thoughts on this?
> [1] http://amplicate.com/hate/metasploit/8241463-it-is-trying-to-monopolize-the-exploit-market-it/
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