Sunday, October 16, 2005

Hackers - observations.

I tended to think of hackers as solitary figures, usign their knowledge of computers to access privileged information, tamper with websites, and have some fun in the process.
I found it interesting that hackers were actually part of communities, and theuir activities could be considered social. I also found it interesting that such information could be obtained about a group that engaged in illegal activities. The ability to be able to perform the tasks that hackers do is quite astounding, and it's pretty cool as long as they don't get caught (or drain your bank account, publish your personal details, etc!).
The fact that 90% of hackers will move on when they get a job they care about or girlfriend who sucks up most of their time is hilarious! It certainly feeds into the stereotype of hackers being people who have no lives.
I don't really see why hacking is so male dominated though. I'm sure there are plenty of females who could hold their own in the hacking domain, so what are they doing instead?

2 Comments:

At 10:47 PM, Blogger Andrew Cozens said...

I remember reading something about women preferring 'soft hacking' and that while they may be as technically literate as other male hackers they would rather spend their time designing a really good system than trying to spend time breaking into a really good one :p

 
At 10:21 AM, Blogger David K said...

Just an interesting point. Most of the famous Hackers that got caught, most of them ended up working for the government.

 

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