Which hat do you wear?

I believe the Internet will never be secure. But that’s okay. The real world is an insecure place. Anybody can kill anybody they wanted to. Yet we all live pretty much happy lives…
-Bruce Schneier, cryptographer and security expert.

The word “hacking” has two definitions. The first definition refers to the hobby/profession of working with computers. The second definition refers to breaking into computer systems (Internet Security Systems, n.d.). This blog explores the latter.

There are three kinds of hackers out there on the Internet: the White Hats, Black Hats, and the Grey Hats. Just as its names suggests. White Hats are computer and network experts that attack a security system as a mean to seek out vulnerabilities that a malicious hacker may exploit and reports it back to the system’s owners so that the hole could be fixed. Black Hats on the other hand, are the ones who compromises the security of a computer system without permission from an authorized party, typically with malicious intent. And the Gray Hats are those who linger between the good and evil, they don’t hack for personal gain nor intend to cripple a system or network, but there is a chance that they might/might not commit crimes during the course of their technological exploits.

And Such is the Internet: a reflection of our real world.

As the blog name suggests, this blog focuses on the White Hats — from network security experts that write firewall protocols and monitors the network constantly to protect the company’s data from malicious attacks to hacktivists that believe in certain political ends, promoting human rights, protesting against a cause. All in all, the white hats hack for a good cause, fight for liberty, and they come together with a common believe that nothing good should be exploited. And if the hackers have ever tried to tell us something over the past 10 years, it is that the emperor is naked.

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Internet Security Systems. (n.d.) Hacking. [Online] Available at: http://www.iss.net/security_center/advice/Underground/Hacking/default.htm [Accessed on: 1st December, 2013]

Charles, K. (2010) The Types of Hackers: Black Hat, White Hat or a Grey Hat Hacker, Which Type are you? [Online] Available at: http://www.examiner.com/article/the-types-of-hackers-black-hat-white-hat-or-a-grey-hat-hacker-which-type-are-you [Accessed on 1st December, 2013]

PBS Frontline. (n.d.) Interview: Bruce Schneier. [Online] Available at: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/hackers/interviews/schneier.html [Accessed on 1st December, 2013]

Steele, R. (n.d) Are hackers outlaws or watchdogs? PBS Frontline. [Online] Available at: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/hackers/whoare/outlaws.html [Accessed on: 1st December, 2013]

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