Ethical Hacking... What is it... ???

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    Ethical Hacking... What is it... ???

    I have learned Something About Ethical Hacking But I could Not get what do this realy mean.. What is "Ethical Hacking"
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    This topic is a great one, but I'm warning up front, please do not post links or other "how to hack" etc things. It's a great topic and I'd hate to have to close or delete it.


    One instance of the classical ethical haking i'd guess would be to find then point out security flaws to people, without taking afvantage of them.,
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    I think most people here would agree that hacking is not what you are talking about. Hacking is simply experimenting with computers and computer-related stuff, playing with gadgets, etc.

    Cracking is the exploration of networks and stuff related to that. Ethical cracking means not doing anything malicious, not stealing important information (credit card numbers, SS#s, etc.), and informing the right person when you find a security flaw or a hole in a system.

    Hope that helps.

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    Ethical hacking is hacking to gain a positive outcome for anothers benifit. Such as pointing out Secureity holes, helping companies secure, helping people make programs that stop these things.

    Basically any form of hacking that is constructive is ethical.

    *steps down*

    //edit: agreed hill, agreed.

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    someone who participates in the linux project, bsd project or any of the multitude of open source project
    someone who investigates computers for security holes and notifies the people at risk before releasing the exploit to the masses

    basically someone who tinkers with their computers for positive outcomes

    these hackers are know as white hats... and just to clear something up most hackers never refer to themsleves as such other refer to them as hackers...

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    Yea i agree, if someone says "i'm a hacker" just smile and say "i'm bill gates : )".

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    are you bill gates?

    anyway, if it is illegal to hack/crack, does that make it ethical?

    Just because you do no harm, it is still illegal, and how it is ethical is beyond me.

    This needs clarification-is it ethical in YOUR mind, or the minds of the people whose networks that have been cracked. Personally I dont think people do it for ethical reasons, just personal gratification.

    Mind, does that STILL make it ethical-i dunno

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    Personally, I'm an ethical breaker and enterer (is that a noun?)
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    i believe some companies pay hackers to try to 'hack' into their comptuers and find faults, would that be ethical hack/cracking?
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    I remember a few years ago I saw the rise in news reports on hacking, mainly russians and isralis getting into government computers.

    I even reading somewhere that in america they take this very seriously and in some cases involve riot police.

    I and a few mates got a little nuts with netbus when it came out.
    drove people at collage crazy when we gained control of there mouse or re booted there system

    guess hacking is only as good or bad as the person doing it.
    It's a shame the hacker is protrade as a teenage anti social boy who wants to bring down the whole economy.

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    i believe some companies pay hackers to try to 'hack' into their comptuers and find faults, would that be ethical hack/cracking?
    Its not hacking unless they dont have permission to do it...
    hack
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    To cut or chop with repeated and irregular blows: hacked down the saplings;
    To break up the surface of (soil);

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    To alter (a computer program);
    To gain access to (a computer file or network) illegally or without authorization;
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    >To gain access to (a computer file or network) illegally or without authorization;<

    Wow, some dictionary calls that hacking...what a surprise. Some dictionaries also call weed a very strong narcotic.

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    Ethical hacking is "hacking" according to ones (or a groups) own ethics and morals.

    Most people believe different things about everything, while no people believe the same thing about nothing.

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    Here is an example of an ethical crack...

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/2038756.stm

    ... there are several related articles about the case, search the site if you are interested.
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    Originally posted by red_baron
    i believe some companies pay hackers to try to 'hack' into their comptuers and find faults, would that be ethical hack/cracking?
    Yes I agreed With You.. I have also read in an Interview of an Indian Hacker Ankit Fadia Who wrote a book about ethical hacking also works for 2 American Companies for Ethical Hacking..
    His Home On Web http://www.ankitfadia.com/
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