Talk:Hacker (computer security)

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Semi-protected edit request on 1 June 2015[edit]

Please add more background information to the history because of the widely misunderstanding of the term hacker. It originated as a genius, and the "hacker" described in this is from it's origination point actually a Cracker.

The concept of hacking entered the computer culture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the 1960s. Popular opinion at MIT posited that there are two kinds of students, tools and hackers. A ``tool is someone who attends class regularly, is always to be found in the library when no class is meeting, and gets straight As. A ``hacker is the opposite: someone who never goes to class, who in fact sleeps all day, and who spends the night pursuing recreational activities rather than studying. There was thought to be no middle ground.

Originally a hacker had nothing to do with computers. But there are standards for success as a hacker, just as grades form a standard for success as a tool. The true hacker can't just sit around all night, a hacker must pursue some hobby with dedication and flair. It can be telephones, or railroads (model, real, or both), or science fiction fandom, or ham radio, or broadcast radio. It can be more than one of these. Or it can be computers. Since 1986, the word ``hacker is generally used among MIT students to refer not to computer hackers but to building hackers, people who explore roofs and tunnels where they're not supposed to be.

A ``computer hacker, then, is someone who lives and breathes computers, who knows all about computers, who can get a computer to do anything. Equally important, though, is the hacker's attitude. Computer programming must be a hobby, something done for fun, not out of a sense of duty or for the money. (It's okay to make money, but that can't be the reason for hacking.)

A hacker is an aesthete.

There are specialties within computer hacking. An algorithm hacker knows all about the best algorithm for any problem. A system hacker knows about designing and maintaining operating systems. And a ``password hacker knows how to find out someone else's password.

Someone who sets out to crack the security of a system for financial gain is not a hacker at all. It's not that a hacker can't be a thief, but a hacker can't be a professional thief. A hacker must be fundamentally an amateur, even though hackers can get paid for their expertise. A password hacker whose primary interest is in learning how the system works doesn't therefore necessarily refrain from stealing information or services, but someone whose primary interest is in stealing isn't a hacker, but a cracker.

KatsuoRyuu (talk) 04:26, 1 June 2015 (UTC)

Red question icon with gradient background.svg Not done: it's not clear what changes you want to be made. Please mention the specific changes in a "change X to Y" format. (talk to) TheOtherGaelan('s contributions) 18:22, 13 June 2015 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 20 September 2015[edit]

there is a film named "BLACKHAT" released in 2015 is also related to hacker so it would be nice to add to the list Lunarantic (talk) 11:00, 20 September 2015 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done - thanks for the suggestion - Arjayay (talk) 11:29, 20 September 2015 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 21 December 2015[edit]

HARSH ANAND (Shanu) (talk) 11:29, 21 December 2015 (UTC) the art of hacking so can called in criminal word as cracking, it has become as a diverse arena for those who want to get into others devices .This art has the most severe affects on mankind as it has resulted in many many acts which are even complicated to that much extent that they can not be solved easily .Nowadays this field of work is attracting most of the youths in global world, according to a research done by University of California about 75% 0f american children who have reliant access to internet take it as their hobby.

Red information icon with gradient background.svg Not done: as you have not requested a specific change in the form "Please replace XXX with YYY" or "Please add ZZZ between PPP and QQQ".
More importantly, you have not cited reliable sources to back up your request, without which no information should be added to, or changed in, any article. - Arjayay (talk) 11:30, 21 December 2015 (UTC)