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If you give a hacker a new toy, the first thing he'll do is take it apart to figure out how it works.
The hacker community may be small, but it possesses the skills that are driving the global economies of the future.
The key to social engineering is influencing a person to do something that allows the hacker to gain access to information or your network.
A hacker doesn't deliberately destroy data or profit from his activities.
Everything about Mark Zuckerberg is pure hacker. Hackers don't take realities of the world for granted; they seek to break and rebuild what they don't like. They seek to outsmart the world.
I'm still a hacker. I get paid for it now. I never received any monetary gain from the hacking I did before. The main difference in what I do now compared to what I did then is that I now do it with authorization.
It's true, I had hacked into a lot of companies, and took copies of the source code to analyze it for security bugs. If I could locate security bugs, I could become better at hacking into their systems. It was all towards becoming a better hacker.
It's not enough to have a hacker culture anymore. You have to have a design culture, too.
I'm a hacker, but I'm the good kind of hackers. And I've never been a criminal.
Software Engineering might be science; but that's not what I do. I'm a hacker, not an engineer.
If you go to a coffee shop or at the airport, and you're using open wireless, I would use a VPN service that you could subscribe for 10 bucks a month. Everything is encrypted in an encryption tunnel, so a hacker cannot tamper with your connection.
I look like a geeky hacker, but I don't know anything about computers.
The hacker mindset doesn't actually see what happens on the other side, to the victim.
I went from being a kid who loved to perform magic tricks to becoming the world's most notorious hacker, feared by corporations and the government.
Somebody could send you an office document or a PDF file, and as soon as you open it, it's a booby trap and the hacker has complete control of your computer. Another major problem is password management. People use the same password on multiple sites, so when the hacker compromises one site, they have your password for everywhere else.
When an attacker fails with one person, they often go to another person. The key is to report the attack to other departments. Workers should know to act like they are going along with what the hacker wants and take copious notes so the company will know what the hacker is trying to find.
At the end of the day, my goal was to be the best hacker.
I characterize myself as a retired hacker. I'm applying what I know to improve security at companies.
I wasn't a hacker for the money, and it wasn't to cause damage.
The explosion of companies deploying wireless networks insecurely is creating vulnerabilities, as they think it's limited to the office - then they have Johnny Hacker in the parking lot with an 802.11 antenna using the network to send threatening emails to the president!
Then again, my case was all about the misappropriation of source code because I wanted to become the best hacker in the world and I enjoyed beating the security mechanisms.
I don't condone anyone causing damage in my name, or doing anything malicious in support of my plight. There are more productive ways to help me. As a hacker myself, I never intentionally damaged anything.
I was fascinated with the phone system and how it worked; I became a hacker to get better control over the phone company.
I think Linux is a great thing, in the big picture. It's a great hacker's tool, and it has a lot of potential to become something more.
News and images move so easily across borders that attitudes and aspirations are no longer especially national. Cyber-weapons, no longer the exclusive province of national governments, can originate in a hacker's garage.
C. S. Lewis
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