[Ilugc] [fosscomm] Hacking and Activism

Arun Khan knura9 at gmail.com
Sun Jul 15 11:02:34 IST 2012

@ Mani

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On Sun, Jul 15, 2012 at 2:46 AM, A. Mani <a.mani.cms at gmail.com> wrote:
> The term "ethical hacking" usually makes no sense because "ethics" is
> part of "hacking".
> Cracking is reserved for "actual methods for illegally subverting the
> security of computer systems".
> Terms like "ethical cracking" may make sense in complex
> corporate-political scenarios

Explain this to the CTO, CSO of most  IT shops; most likely you will
get a glazed look.

> But the FSMK people have decided to use the term "ethical hacking" for
> "hacking + Activism" and possibly beyond.
> http://www.fsmk.org/ethical-hacking
> Is this a good move?

FOSS or no FOSS,  FSMK needs to get the message across to a larger
audience than those who do differentiate between "hacking" and
"cracking"  - marketing reality.

Perhaps in the workshop content they can highlight this point across
to the attendees.

My 11.2 paise.

Arun Khan
"As a layman, I would say we have it, but as a scientist I have to
say, 'What do we have?'"
Rolf Heuer, Director General CERN on the announcement of Higgs Boson particle.

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