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What is hacking n how is it done?

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  • Hacker, as it relates to computers, has several common meanings, the unifying characteristic of which is only that it refers to a person who is an avid computer enthusiast. It is most commonly used as a pejorative by the mass media to refer to a person who engages in illegal computer cracking, but it can also refer to people engaged in ethical hacking, to the members of the open source and free software community or to home computer hobbyists.

    The Jargon File contains a bunch of definitions of the term ‘hacker’, most having to do with technical adeptness and a delight in solving problems and overcoming limits. If you want to know how to become a hacker, though, only two are really relevant.

    There is a community, a shared culture, of expert programmers and networking wizards that traces its history back through decades to the first time-sharing minicomputers and the earliest ARPAnet experiments. The members of this culture originated the term ‘hacker’. Hackers built the Internet. Hackers made the Unix operating system what it is today. Hackers run Usenet. Hackers make the World Wide Web work. If you are part of this culture, if you have contributed to it and other people in it know who you are and call you a hacker, you're a hacker.

    The hacker mind-set is not confined to this software-hacker culture. There are people who apply the hacker attitude to other things, like electronics or music — actually, you can find it at the highest levels of any science or art. Software hackers recognize these kindred spirits elsewhere and may call them ‘hackers’ too — and some claim that the hacker nature is really independent of the particular medium the hacker works in. But in the rest of this document we will focus on the skills and attitudes of software hackers, and the traditions of the shared culture that originated the term ‘hacker’.

    There is another group of people who loudly call themselves hackers, but aren't. These are people (mainly adolescent males) who get a kick out of breaking into computers and phreaking the phone system. Real hackers call these people ‘crackers’ and want nothing to do with them. Real hackers mostly think crackers are lazy, irresponsible, and not very bright, and object that being able to break security doesn't make you a hacker any more than being able to hotwire cars makes you an automotive engineer. Unfortunately, many journalists and writers have been fooled into using the word ‘hacker’ to describe crackers; this irritates real hackers no end.

    The basic difference is this: hackers build things, crackers break them.

     

    Monday, October 08, 2007 10:51 AM

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  • Hacker, as it relates to computers, has several common meanings, the unifying characteristic of which is only that it refers to a person who is an avid computer enthusiast. It is most commonly used as a pejorative by the mass media to refer to a person who engages in illegal computer cracking, but it can also refer to people engaged in ethical hacking, to the members of the open source and free software community or to home computer hobbyists.

    The Jargon File contains a bunch of definitions of the term ‘hacker’, most having to do with technical adeptness and a delight in solving problems and overcoming limits. If you want to know how to become a hacker, though, only two are really relevant.

    There is a community, a shared culture, of expert programmers and networking wizards that traces its history back through decades to the first time-sharing minicomputers and the earliest ARPAnet experiments. The members of this culture originated the term ‘hacker’. Hackers built the Internet. Hackers made the Unix operating system what it is today. Hackers run Usenet. Hackers make the World Wide Web work. If you are part of this culture, if you have contributed to it and other people in it know who you are and call you a hacker, you're a hacker.

    The hacker mind-set is not confined to this software-hacker culture. There are people who apply the hacker attitude to other things, like electronics or music — actually, you can find it at the highest levels of any science or art. Software hackers recognize these kindred spirits elsewhere and may call them ‘hackers’ too — and some claim that the hacker nature is really independent of the particular medium the hacker works in. But in the rest of this document we will focus on the skills and attitudes of software hackers, and the traditions of the shared culture that originated the term ‘hacker’.

    There is another group of people who loudly call themselves hackers, but aren't. These are people (mainly adolescent males) who get a kick out of breaking into computers and phreaking the phone system. Real hackers call these people ‘crackers’ and want nothing to do with them. Real hackers mostly think crackers are lazy, irresponsible, and not very bright, and object that being able to break security doesn't make you a hacker any more than being able to hotwire cars makes you an automotive engineer. Unfortunately, many journalists and writers have been fooled into using the word ‘hacker’ to describe crackers; this irritates real hackers no end.

    The basic difference is this: hackers build things, crackers break them.

     

    Monday, October 08, 2007 10:51 AM
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    hi buddy how can we change color of start button
    Monday, October 22, 2007 6:28 AM

  • hacking is nothing but knowing secret of other people without his/her permission...hacking is done by using virus,ipaddress etc...
    Monday, October 22, 2007 7:34 AM
  •  bhagyesh joshi wrote:

     

    hi buddy how can we change color of start button



    ya..using tweaking tool u can change...
    • Proposed as answer by Ankit Moradiya Wednesday, September 08, 2010 11:24 AM
    Monday, October 22, 2007 12:53 PM
  • Hacking means breaking down into computer security for useful purpose.But common people think hacking as a crime.

    Almost all people take it in a wrong way.

    Cracking is someone who breaks into someone's computer system ;other ways intentionally mess up with computer security.

    Hackers were computer geeks who know almost everything about computers related to both hardware and software.

    Being a hacker one must have a wide array of knowledge about computers.

    Knowing all these then one can be a Professional Hacker.

    Tuesday, October 23, 2007 9:43 PM

  • if u wnt more info use this forum............

    http://hackingwonders.2usite.com/
    • Proposed as answer by Ankit Moradiya Wednesday, September 08, 2010 11:24 AM
    Wednesday, October 24, 2007 1:40 AM
  • hi buddy tell me about hacking of ipaddress. i want to know that how can the ipaddress of another computer is hacked so that i can do changes in that computer
    Sunday, May 02, 2010 5:06 AM
  • That's appositely right
    • Proposed as answer by Ankit Moradiya Wednesday, September 08, 2010 11:24 AM
    Wednesday, September 08, 2010 11:24 AM