When it comes to hacking, I find myself in a place that many other’s do. I don’t have a vast pool of magical wealth, with which to build a security weapon of mass destruction. I find that the only people with the money to spend on building the BEST hacking machines are one of two people. The first is a Whitehat hacker who is backed by a large pen-testing company, the company will fund the hacker’s machine to the best of their ability because the better he can do on a PenTest, the more profit they will make. This I understand, but being that I am not a Blackhat and I hack as part of my job, it causes a bit of envy of people who can afford the “right” tool for the job.
The other type of person that can devote massive amounts of money onto a hacking computer, would be a Highschool student or early college student (that hasn’t yet come to terms with his massive debt) and has all the free time in the world to learn to do something fun for a while. I have seen many of these computers go to waste, because the person THOUGHT they wanted to learn hacking, but when they learned it was nothing like the movies, and it’s actually quite a bit of work, they give up, and that computer becomes agaming computer.
In the title I state that I am a Ninja, and this is why I think MOST hackers today, could fit better into this bucket. Back in Japan, when the ninja was used as a spy of the day, they were poor people, farmers or average people who HID their identity for fear of being discovered. They also didn’t have money for amazing swords, or armor like the Samurai did, they had to fashion their weapons and armor out of things they could find, and would need to know how to use ANYTHING they found as a means of defending themselves, or attacking the enemy. Sticks, brooms, rakes, chains, kitchen knives, towels, anything you can imagine has a use in attack or defense if needed.
I think we hackers today, are doing this more often than we would stop to notice. We “make do” with the tools we have, we mold other devices into new tools, and push hardware to do things that were never even imagined when it was built. Ninja’s also were not good, they were not bad. They had a job to do, and if they didn’t MANY people would die. A ninja’s main goal was to NOT get caught, so I don’t think some of the big names in the scene are acting as ninja’s.
The scene has become some kind of “Status Club” even among groups like Anonymous, or any of the groups dumping/bragging about their exploits and hacks. when will people see that all that does is draw attention square on yourself. Go ahead, keep claiming your victims publicly, keep bragging about how 1337 you are, as long as focus is on you, it’s not on anyone else who might actually be trying to do some good.
sorry.. I got side tracked, but had to get that off my chest.
also, not ALL people who fall into my description of a ninja are ninja’s, I didn’t mention that on top of not getting caught, most times ninja’s were not allowed to kill unless absolutely necessary for the completion of the mission, there were to AVOID conflict at ALL costs. so that the information they collected could be used at a later time, by the ENTIRE armed force.
this translates well to the hacking culture also, so many people are running around “killing” anyone that’s in front of them, but what is the end goal? did you ACCOMPLISH anything? what’s worse is you could have COMPROMISED everything a group has been working on, because you started making too much noise.
they secret in our field is SECRETS, trust, and yes HONOR.
if you aren’t going to help, get out-of-the-way.