AntiOnline Security Spotlight: Hacking Culture

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AntiOnline (AO) is home to some the most popular network security discussion forums online. Here, participants engage in candid, thought-provoking and enlightening exchanges on security hazards and how to protect your systems against them.

If you think you know everything there is to know about keeping your company's network secure and venturing online unscathed, AO will open your eyes.

We're kicking off our AO coverage by taking a look at one of the most popular (and classic) AntiOnline tutorials called "Hacking Culture: Ethics" authored by Ennis, one of AO's intrepid moderators.

In a new era of hacking it is vitally important for the older generation to keep a sense of ethics and values alive, or we may simple add to the media's 'negative' view of hackers. It is therefore the reason I have chosen to add an ethics section here.

Hopefully by introducing the many types of hackers in the world you can choose the right type and understand what a true hacker is. I wont begin with the obvious dictionary defination of a hacker [seeker of knowledge etc.] but try to introduce the attitude of various stereotyped hackers.

However in my opinion real hackers come under no defination and are just people interested in computers regardless of whether they spend years learning the finer points of programming or years gaining root on a lame admins system.

There are many names for different classes of hackers.

The Script Kiddie
* Lamers
* These 'hackers' or wannabes manipulate tools written by others to achieve respect. At the moment I would consider there presence as widespread. They give hackers a bad name and usually use trojans [RATS].
How often have you been on IRC and felt their presence, SUB7 scans are their usual tactic as well as the infamous DoS attacks....

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We invite you to join the AO community (it's free!), share your wisdom and learn a few things in the process. Stay tuned as Enterprise IT Planet spotlights more eye-opening discussions and the expert participants that have helped make AO the "go to" online resource for network security.

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