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Hacking for Good

June 3, 2008

Is there such a thing as a good hacker? Isn’t “ethical hacking” an oxymoron? Let me challenge your beliefs and the prevailing media message. Hackers are not evil; in fact, they generally want things to be safer and better for all. At this point, you’re probably ready to either label me as a lunatic, or give me a lesson about “hacker” vs. “cracker”. Let’s skip the historic definitions. The facts are simple.

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Without “hackers”, no one would have noticed that AT&T was cooperating with the NSA for illegal wiretaps, and there would be no Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) to take them to court and protect individual rights. The list goes on.

Monday, June 2, 2008
IT World Canada
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