speaking of hacking, one of my email account was hacked recently. The hacker sent message to all my friends requesting 200 yuan (Chinese currency) because “I” was a bit short. Unfortunately one of my best friends in China fell into this trap and transfer his money to a bank account that wasn’t even under my name. I learned this story when he call me at midnight (it was about noon in China) asking me to give him his money back. I froze for 10 second and after some serious talk we figured out my account was hacked. Ironically, my friend knew i was studying abroad and i ended up died laughing at him.
well enough story for the hacking, I’ve been thinking are these account hackers real hackers? As far as i know, some of these people doesn’t even have superior computer skills to most of us because they just need to run some hacking programs that written by real hackers. I believe they are rather some experts in deceiving. However, I realize if I define hackers as some one super awesome at computer skills, what is the difference between hackers and the programmers who work for companies?
Honestly hackers are bad people to me. Partially because I’m a completely newbie in computer skills, partially my previous educations taught me all hacking activities are bad. But Levy’s book changed my concept about hacker. From what I have read, I learned there is something like a hacking spirit that drive hackers to excel higher level of skills. However, I’m still confused that what are hackers?