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Filed in Links on 05 Jan 07

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    Check out my blog about how easy it is for LinkedIn users to get hacked, and the security risks to using

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    the link how to become a hacker is not security but about the old meaning of the word hacker, i.e. a skilled programmer.



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    You’re right Pete, and the following sums it up nicely:

    There is another group of people who loudly call themselves hackers, but aren’t. These are people (mainly adolescent males) who get a kick out of breaking into computers and phreaking the phone system. Real hackers call these people ‘crackers’ and want nothing to do with them. Real hackers mostly think crackers are lazy, irresponsible, and not very bright, and object that being able to break security doesn’t make you a hacker any more than being able to hotwire cars makes you an automotive engineer. Unfortunately, many journalists and writers have been fooled into using the word ‘hacker’ to describe crackers; this irritates real hackers no end.

    The basic difference is this: hackers build things, crackers break them.