Loved by themselves and a handful of fans, … Loved by themselves and a handful of fans, hated, feared, cast out and prosecuted by every government and everyone else, hackers are the alpha, omega, and unwanted pizza delivery service of the [[internets]].
What do hackers do?
What is hacking?
Funny you should ask!
[[Internet]] hacking is the art of manipulating the world wide web and it's counterparts like an artist manipulates his clay. It's also the same term used for shifting the properties of a [[video game]] to make it better for you (and usually worse for others). According to many people, taking Computer Science III qualifies you for "hacker status", but this is not the case. A hacker is a person who breaks into computers and computer networks for profit, proof, or just saying they did it.
Hackers try and sometimes succeed in re-purposing anything and everything they take a shine to, or get their hands on. Seems like there's an awful lot of that going around these days, don't it? Their motives and methods of manipulation run the heady gamut of popular hive mind legality with a singular dedication and finesse. In this, the hacking hacker is not dissimilar to the well loved - if not well fed - starving modern artist, manipulating his clay on the wheel and dwindling ramen stocks in his artist’s cupboard.
Hacking is also a term used to describe unauthorized modifications to the rules and physics of a video game with the intent of improving gameplay and making the gaming experience better for you, the hacker - and hence irritably worse for others. Don’t believe me? Pop quiz:
Have you ever tried to kill a 12 year old mercenary marine who can:
- Hover a foot off the ground
- Walk through walls
- Blowing your face off at 300 meters in a nuclear snowstorm
- Carrying multiple cruise missiles
Yeah, about as fun as it sounds - and they get about as smug as those filthy terrorist hater pigs in Angry Birds. Possibly worse. Probably worse. After all, they're dangerous menace-to-society hackers. Everybody knows that god mode and wallhax are gateway drugs to invading and clogging up the Pentagon’s tubes!
Currently, there is controversy among the hacker community over the true meaning of hacker. Computer programmers argue that someone that illegally breaks into a computer is called a "cracker", while not distinguishing the difference between computer criminals, AKA "black hats", and computer security experts, AKA "white hats". Black hats and white hats are often found arguing over who is the cracker and who is the hacker.
Fortunately for most of the internet, the majority of so-called hackers are "[[script-kiddies]]". A script kiddie is an untalented non-expert who breaks into computer systems by using pre-packaged automated tools written by others, usually with little understanding of the underlying concept—hence the term script (i.e. a prearranged plan or set of activities) kiddie (i.e. kid, child—an individual lacking knowledge and experience, immature). 90% of those inhabiting hacker forums are script-kiddies.
On the other end of the spectrum of hackers you have the "elite hacker". A social status among hackers, elite (or []) is used to describe the most skilled. Newly discovered exploits will circulate among these hackers. These are the types of people usually responsible for all the cool stuff happening on the internet. the cool stuff happening on the internet.