Thursday, December 11, 2014

Everyone has a hacker inside them

1961 is one of the most important dates in the technological world. In that year, the Signals and Energy committee at the Tech Model Railroad Club got one of the first PDP-1 computers. This group would become later the core of the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at MIT, the top IA center in the world in the early 80’s. And it will eventually introduce the term ‘hacker’ in the collective consciousness.

Hacker is one of the most controversial words in recent years. Hacker has been commonly used as a synonymous for digital intruder. For example, for the guys behind vulnerabilities as the POODLE’s one. Actually this platform has swap from SSL to some versions of TSL protocol. But you won’t be free bug even if you disable SSL backward. The TLS 1.2 version seems to be vulnerable too.

But the word hacker is also used for naming those programmers who create malware and those its variants. Malware evolves and branches all the time so it can go unnoticed by antivirus engines. The inclusion of random code pieces and the use of automation tools in new versions development has not actually increase their spread but makes more difficult the work of security experts.

Hacker is the word used by TheRegister to talk about those cybercriminals who have intervened Charge Anywhere (a mobile payments service) communications for at least 5 years, which entails a serious danger for the privacy and security of customer data.

Hacktivists are another use for hacker meaning those hackers who position on either side in cyberwar. It is expected that these harmful individuals will increase in 2015. Cyber ​​warfare and cyber espionage, both good, and bad, and exploitation of the vulnerabilities of Internet of Things, privacy as the axis of discourse.

It is also consider a hacker the one who knows how to hide information from public sources in a thousands ways. For instance, with steganography techniques. There are many of them ranging from images hosting hidden information to semantically generated text as Trojan Horses for spreading malware. Steganography is also seen as a way to keep private communications when the channel used is not longer private.

Therefore, today's article comes along with this video recorded by the guys from ESET LATAM in order to recover the true meaning of the term hacker. Hackers are not pirates. Nor cybercriminals, nor digital activists, nor spies, ror terrorists. They are curious people who spend their time cultivating knowledge, whatever the matter is (in fact any of you could be a kitchen hacker).


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