It’s no secret that hackers started out as a community of mostly curious kids and enthusiasts looking to better understand new technologies in order to get it to do more of what they wanted over and above what it was designed to do. Of course, as the saying goes, “power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely,” so it wasn’t long before the power to break into technology was used for nefarious intent: everything from just pranks, to malicious defacement, to outright cybercrime. So much so that we now read about state run hacking initiatives where governments try to influence other governments to their gain.
In the Beginning... Not Good Or Bad, Just Clever
It wasn’t always like the doom and gloom we read about daily in the journals. According to Jose Pagliery at CNNMoney.com
“The whole concept of "hacking" sprouted from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology nearly 50 years ago. Computer science students there borrowed the term from a group of model train enthusiasts who "hacked" electric train tracks and switches in 1969 to improve performance. These new hackers were already figuring out how to alter computer software and hardware to speed it up, even as the scientists at AT&T Bell Labs were developing UNIX, one of the world's first major operating systems.
Hacking became the art of figuring out unique solutions. It takes an insatiable curiosity about how things work; hackers wanted to make technology work better, or differently. They were not inherently good or bad, just clever.”
Unfortunately, the curious train enthusiasts have given way to full out cyber criminals who are organized, insanely smart as well as creative and persistent. It really is just a law of economics at work given that the cost of hacking yearly can be in the $trillions. They even have their own tradeshows like DEFCON complete with hacathons and their own newsletter which covers everything from hacking, technology, cyber attacks, malware and spying to deals like a “Certified Ethical Hacker Bootcamp Bundle.” Now if we could only ensure that all hackers were ethical, we would be in great shape.
Preventing Instead of Remediating Hackers
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