Headline, December 16 2019/ '' ' HELLO! MR. HACKER ' ''

'' ' HELLO! MR. HACKER ' ''

BACK IN THE 1950S - THE MODERN USE of the term ''hacking'' was coined within the walls of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

For many years after, a hacker was defined as someone who was an expert at programming and  problem-solving with computers, who could stretch the capabilities of what computers and computer programs were originally intended for.

Hacking is an activity, and what separates any activity from crime is, very often, permission. People are free to drive, but they do not have permission to drive 150 miles per hour - that's reckless driving and it's a criminal offense.

Bankers can transfer their clients' money, but if they do so without permission, that's embezzlement.

And you've never heard of someone being arrested simply for being a stockbroker, because no one is charged for choosing a career in finance - but they'd be arrested if they engaged in illegal activity like insider trading. 

WHEN asked what his father did for a living, my son explained to his kindergarten teacher that ''he steals things, but it's O.K. because he gets paid to do it.''He wasn't wrong.

I'm a hacker, and I run a team of hackers. We spend our days discovering ways to break into anything that can connect to the Internet - servers, automated teller machines, light bulbs, - in an attempt to access information that was never meant to be seen. If we get to it before a criminal does, then we've done our job.

I 'm proud what I do for a living, just like doctors or lawyers are proud of work they do.

The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles, however, recently took a critical stance on my profession. When I purchased vanity plates for my car. the agency was quick to take them away, claiming that a license plate displaying ''HACKING'' endorsed illegal and criminal activity.

While this reaction really isn't the fault of the well-intentioned municipal employee who took away my license plates, it's a symptom of how a deeply rooted misrepresentation of my profession has created a flawed perceptions and stereotypes.

The way that hackers are depicted in Hollywood and by the security industry itself have contributed to the word ''hacker'' becoming synonymous with ''criminal.''

Hackers are often portrayed as hooded figures in darkrooms who are engaged in illegal activity while jabbing at keyboards and are almost always male.

In recent years, television shows like ''Mr. Robot'' and movies like ''Ocean's 8'' have introduced female characters as hackers, but the male hacker stereotype unfortunately prevails. 

The stereotypes don't apply to-most hackers in the security profession. Hackers aren't social pariahs  who operate in silos and work alone.

I have been a hacker for over 30 years, and I do not wear hoodies. Some hackers even choose to suit up for the job. And - spoiler alert - women black too.

Offensive security culture is intimately inclusive :

This is a business in which companies hire hackers to outsmart them, to find an organization's breaking point before criminals do. Testing a company's security and coming up with a creative way to hack into it is something that requires diverse teams and diverse mind-sets.

Thanks to security researchers hacking practices, this year vulnerabilities in a new version of the most common Wi-Fi encryption standard [WPA3] were found before criminals could us them to break into home and business networks.

Conversely, just last month criminals found an unknown vulnerability in Google's Android operating systems before researchers did, giving the bad guys full control of more than a dozen phone models.

Hacking isn't an inherently criminal activity. Someone who engages in the illegal use of  hacking  should not be called a bad hacker'' but a ''cybercriminal,'' threat actor'' or ''cyberattacker''.

Hackers are people like me and my team at IBM - security professionals who are searching for vulnerabilities, helping to find weak links in our computer systems before criminals can exploit them.

The Honor and Serving of the Latest Global Operational Research on Hacking, Criminals and Security Professionals, continues. The World Students Society thanks author and hacker, Charles Henderson.

With respectful dedication to all Hackers, Security Professionals, Students, Professors and Teachers of the world.

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Good Night and God Bless

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