UK did a study that showed that one out of every four kids are a hacker. SO I'm curious what do they actually consider hacking? I mean really a hacker is someone who just tweaks a program and its not illegal.
I would like to make something clear, “As opposed to what proprietary companies try to manipulate users into: hacking is *not* crime or evil. Hacking simply means playing, tweaking the system. If you tune the engine of your car to improve efficiency it is hacking the engine. If you tune your computer to increase performance, it is called hacking. Getting into others systems, breaching security is called 'cracking'. But proprietary companies spread the propaganda by using words like hacking to create fear among users. Unfortunately, even authorities have started using the word hacking for cracking. Microsoft hacks its own systems to improve performance. So, the word hack used in this report should be taken as crack and not hack. ”
According to Richard M Stallman, "A hacker is someone who enjoys playful cleverness—not necessarily with computers. The programmers in the old MIT free software community of the 60s and 70s referred to themselves as hackers. Around 1980, journalists who discovered the hacker community mistakenly took the term to mean “security breaker.” Please don't spread this mistake. People who break security are “crackers.”
OK so if that is the case and I agree that hacking is no biggie then I can say all of my kids are hackers. Since my kids like to figure things out. I mean what kid doesn't try out some cheat code on a game? If they did they they are a "hacker". Now its those who are crackers who are the ones to watch. Those are the ones who are trying to get into things that they shouldn't be. Now is this good or a bad thing? I guess if its illegal then its a bad thing but smile at those who "figure it out". I have one kid that is good at "figuring" things out but not in a bad way. I mean he's not breaking into anyone's email or facebook but he is a gamer, nuf said. I dunno future job as a IT or a programmer who knows.
So here is what else the study found:
I'm curious to what they considered these kids as hackers? Again if they were a hacker if they used a game cheat code then all of my kids were hackers prior to becoming teens. With that said I'm taking one of my kids to Defcon this year in Vegas so does that make me a bad mom? Nah!
So what do you think? Are we raising a generation of hackers and crackers? Oh I thought this was a funny story - it goes with STaRDoGG's new avatar here.