a good considerable amount of people on many many servers, accuse others of "hacking". I am here to set the record straight.
As an actual "white hat hacker", I get a chuckle out of these statements. Why? Because not one person on the servers is the discoverer of the exploit. Therefore, they are not hackers. They are merely script kiddies.
A short list of notible REAL hackers
- Kevin Mitnick: Probably the most famous hacker of his generation, Mitnick has been described by the US Department of Justice as "the most wanted computer criminal in United States history." The self-styled 'hacker poster boy' allegedly hacked into the computer systems of some of the world's top technology and telecommunications companies including Nokia, Fujitsu and Motorola
- Kevin Poulson: Poulson first gained notoriety by hacking into the phone lines of Los Angeles radio station KIIS-FM, ensuring he would be the 102nd caller and thus the winner of a competition the station was running in which the prize was a Porsche. Under the hacker alias Dark Dante, he also reactivated old Yellow Page escort telephone numbers for an acquaintance that then ran a virtual escort agency
- Adrian Lamo: Adrian Lamo was named 'the homeless hacker' for his penchant for using coffee shops, libraries and internet cafés as his bases for hacking. Most of his illicit activities involved breaking into computer networks and then reporting on their vulnerabilities to the companies that owned them.
- Stephen Wozniak: Famous for being the co-founder of Apple, Stephen "Woz" Wozniak began his 'white-hat' hacking career with 'phone phreaking' – slang for bypassing the phone system. While studying at the University of California he made devices for his friends called 'blue boxes' that allowed them to make free long distance phone calls. Wozniak allegedly used one such device to call the Pope.
Dictionary.com defines hacking as: to modify (a computer program or electronic device) or write (a program) in a skillful or clever way: Developers have hacked the app.
to circumvent security and break into (a network, computer, file, etc.), usually with malicious intent: Criminals hacked the bank's servers yesterday.