Wednesday, January 19, 2011

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Different Types Of Hackers And Attack Types

You are probably reading this article because you are:
1. Interested in protecting your system against intrusions from unauthorized users.

2. Tasked with defending your system against attacks that can crash it.

3. A fledgling hacker who wishes to learn more about how to crash or break into systems.

To many, a hacker is simply a bad guy who breaks into systems or tries to crash them so that they cannot function as intended. However, many in the security industry make a distinction between white hat hackers, who are benign and helpful types, and black hat hackers, who actually cross the line into criminal behavior, such as breaking into systems unsolicited, or simply crashing them. Others define themselves as grey hat hackers, in that they are not criminal, but do not consider themselves tainted (as a strict white hat would) by associating with black hats.

Some security professionals refer to white hat hackers as hackers, and to black hat hackers as crackers. Another hacker term, script kiddie, describes those who use previously-written scripts from people who are more adept. As you might suspect, script kiddie is a derisive term. Many professionals who are simply very talented users proudly refer to themselves as hackers, not because they break into systems, but because they have been able to learn a great deal of information over the years.

These professionals are often offended by the negative connotation that the word hacker now has. So, when does a hacker become a cracker? When does a cracker become a benign hacker? Well, it all depends upon the perspective of the people involved. Nevertheless, this book will use the terms hacker, cracker, and malicious user interchangeably.

Today, mainstream usage of “hacker” mostly refers to computer criminals, due to the mass media usage of the word since the 1980s. This includes what hacker slang calls “script kiddies,” people breaking into computers using programs written by others, with very little knowledge about the way they work. Read more: http://www.bench3.com/2011/01/what-do-hackers-do.html

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