[thelist] complete: hacking contest

Emma Jane Hogbin emmajane at xtrinsic.com
Wed Jul 2 18:48:34 CDT 2003

On Wed, Jul 02, 2003 at 02:40:55PM -0700, Chris W. Parker wrote:
> http://www.msnbc.com/news/934055.asp?vts=070220031110&cp1=1

That's cracking, NOT hacking. Hacking is not about vandalism.

	"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

	"If you want to be a hacker, keep reading. If you want to be a cracker,
	go read the alt.2600 newsgroup and get ready to do five to ten in the
	slammer after finding out you aren't as smart as you think you are.
	And that's all I'm going to say about crackers."

	"Hacking might be characterized as "an appropriate application
	of ingenuity". Whether the result is a quick-and-dirty
	patchwork job or a carefully crafted work of art, you have to admire
	the cleverness that went into it."

Emma Jane Hogbin
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