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The Good, The Bad, and The Inbetweens of Hacking
“During a three-day period in February 2000, some of the most high-profile sites on the World Wide Web were temporarily knocked out of service.”(Issues and Controversy) This quote is one of the many that show the down side to hacking. A hacker is a person who takes pleasure in understanding the internal workings of a systems. This does not necessarily classify hackers as bad. There are good hacking and bad hacking. But on the subject of hacking, its unclear whether or not they are truly good or bad. Not every single hack is bad.
From the computer stand point, a hacker is a person who wants “ to gain access to a computer illegally.” (Webster Dictionary). But that is only one part of... View More »

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White hats, grey hats, and black hats are the 3 classifications. (Arnone)
White hats are the good hackers, these are the hackers that aid websites and developers in creating better software and protection for computers. These will be things such as firewalls and anti virus software. Grey hats are the inbetween guys, the researchers. These are the guys that are neither good or bad, they inform people of vulnerabilities, where or not they secure the information is known. This is why they can be considered bad, yet good at the same time.
On the discussion of hackers, the good side does have a nice argument. The people who are white and grey hats have majorly helped out the protection companies. The CIA is even looking for hackers to help them in their defense. The fact that they are some of the best defenses against black hats is what really gets people to want them. And there are some white hats that really show through others like Johnny Long.
“Another problem is that government and industry have fallen for the negative hacker stereotypes shown on film and television, and are not using valuable, available assets.” (Arnone). Its thanks to Hollywood and authors that hackers have developed stereotypes. Hackers are seen as negative things, since movies such as “Cyberwars” and “Live Free Die Hard” have displayed them as bad. What the movies fail to do is classify the different kinds of hackers. In “Live Free Die Hard”, they did try to separate the black hats and the white hat. The main character was a black hat, but when he found out his own program was being used for ...

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