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Re: Hackability

From: Daniel Becroft <djcbecroft_at_gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 2 Sep 2009 18:15:12 +1000

On Wed, Sep 2, 2009 at 6:05 PM, Alf Christophersen <
alf.christophersen_at_medisin.uio.no> wrote:

> Daniel Becroft wrote:
> > Personally, if I read either option (2) or (3), then it could be a bit
> > concerning from a security point of view.
> >
> > If an article stated that "Website X is easy to hack" or "Database
> > product Y is very hackable", I wouldn't be thinking "Website X is easy
> > to maintain", I would be thinking "Website X is not very secure".
> >
> The problem you mention arise because journalists do not understand the
> difference of the skill of the technique of cracing a site or database,
> that
> is hacking, in other words skill of programming, and the intention of
> doing cracking.
>
> Since they don't understand the difference of ability to make a computer
> program, and having the intention to crack, they declare hacking, that
> is programming a computer, as identical to cracking.
>
> Let's start a campaign of explaining to journalists the difference and
> get back the real meaning of the word :-)
>
> .
> (Or is the battle already lost??)
>

I think the battle is already lost. According to the Merriam-Webster
dictionary:

hack:
...
4a to write computer programs for enjoyment
4b to gain access to a computer illegally

Regards
Daniel B.

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