Hacking Subculture: Part Six – The different types of hackers.

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There are different titles, so-to-speak that can define a hacker and in this post we will go over a few of them. To start off we can look a the hackers called crackers, these individuals hack with malicious intent and that is pretty much the gist of this one. A script kiddie is one who is sometimes seen as a pestilence on the web who does not have the skill set to explore newer exploits themselves. They are know to use premade scripts and their attacks are often times simple exploits of already well-known vulnerabilities. Many hackers look at a script kiddie as simply unskilled.

white hat hacker is one who is a reformed hacker who follows the strict code of employee loyalty. White hats can also be called ethical hackers who are now working within the computer security arena. Gray hat hackers are kind of like the in between hackers in that they mostly behave in an ethical manner but on occasion will violate an accepted ethic, what ever that may be. The hackers that are called black hat hackers are basically crackers without associating themselves with computer criminals. Black hats tend to only accept network intrusion and other activities like this that are done in conflict with the ethics of hackers.

Lastly for this post, we can look at a somewhat new type of hacker called the hacktivist. The hacktivist use their hacking skills to convey their political messages, what ever they may be. They are in a way the voice of the other types of hackers as they challenge the government, which ever government, regarding the treatment of their peers. A hacktivists goal is usually and mostly politically motivated and separated from the goals of the hacking subculture. There can be much more said about each of these types of hackers however, this is just a brief overview of what each one is/does.

Hacking Subculture: Part Seven – The Commitment.

Part Seven will be the final part to this series so I hope that you have enjoyed what has been presented thus far. Thank you.

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Hacking Subculture: Part Five – Is there a difference between a Computer Criminal and a Hacker?

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In this post we will look at the very fine line that may or may not separate a computer criminal and/or a hacker. Some individuals deny any distinction between the two and some acknowledge the motivations which can be radically different. There are many online activities that are conducted everyday such as communication and information sharing. These activities as well as the illegal ones all fall under the hacking behavior. For this example, the difference between a hacker and computer criminal would be their mind set on how they approach such activity.

In terms of the hacking subculture, certain online actions are accepted (that violate the law) and are in turn labeled as computer hacking by the subculture. On the other hand, the online actions that are not accepted by the subculture are labeled as computer crimes. So, what defines a computer crime that makes all hacking activities equal to criminal behavior is offensive and inaccurate. However, similarly, definitions that deny there is any meaningful criminal action done by the hacker is seen as absurd to law enforcement and is also inaccurate. With that said, what do you think, is there a difference between a computer criminal and a hacker?

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Hacking Subculture: Part Six – The different types of hackers.

Hacking Subculture: Part four – What do hackers think of hackers?

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To understand this portion of the series a little better we must have a general idea of what a subculture is or at least what it could be defined as. A subculture typically consists of individuals that are like-minded who sometimes define their actions as pro-social. In this case, hackers can share the same values specified within their own code of ethics, so to speak. These values exist via real world communications and through similar styles within the virtual arena. The way they define their hacking styles differentiates their activities from either being criminal, learning experiences, or educational.

For the “criminal” hacker, they think of their hacks as positive actions that are accepted and supported by like-minded members of their subculture. So, what do hackers think of hackers? I think this could only be answered by actual hackers, however, if you would like to provide an answer feel free to do so. Or you could answer this question: What do you think of hackers?

Next: Hacking Subculture: Part Five – Is there a difference between a Computer Criminal and a Hacker?

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