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Re: Hackability

From: Alf Christophersen <alf.christophersen_at_medisin.uio.no>
Date: Wed, 02 Sep 2009 10:05:45 +0200

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,
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??)


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