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Cracker "breaks / reverse engineers code"

By digidash ·
FYI, a 'cracker' is NOT a hacker; they are two separate things.
Crackers specialize in 'cracking code.' They may or may not also be hackers. Hackers often assist crackers, and vice-versa. Cracker typically illegally reverse-engineers (is there a 'legal' form of that - actually, yes) and develops 'keygens' or other means to subvert the controls of the application - whether it be MS Office, AutoCAD, etc. Crackers pride themselves in "stealing the keys to the code;" hackers pride themselves in breaking through network security (well, that's one thing they pride themselves in).

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Put this where it belongs

by santeewelding In reply to Cracker "breaks / reverse ...

Unless you think what you have exceeds the wisdom of all the rest, therefore needing its own, exclusive podium.

Far as I'm concerned, it's run of the mill.

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The bit bucket? No text.

by CharlieSpencer In reply to Put this where it belongs
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o hai. welcome to /dev/nul. [nt]

by seanferd In reply to The bit bucket? No text.
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Wrong!

by JackOfAllTech In reply to Cracker "breaks / reverse ...

Hackers break in purely for the joy of discovery and take pride in leaving things the way they were when they leave.

Crackers are malicious and do it for nefarious reasons.

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Jack

by santeewelding In reply to Wrong!

You rise to a shiny thing.

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Again - WRONG - Cracker is NOT = Hacker

by digidash In reply to Wrong!

The snide comments about "bit bucket" and /dev/null are completely unwarranted and rude.

[Your] definition of a hacker is not "the end-all, be all" - nor is mine, but that does not make my definition of "hacker" or "cracker" any less relevant nor any "less correct" than yours.

Believe me, you may see it as 'white' and I may see it as 'black' - and we BOTH could be right.

[and, yes, 'Crackers' (with or without peanut butter) often "break in" in order to do their reverse engineering]

So, you may think hackers are 'non-mailicious,' but you would be wrong - only the 'hackers themselves' consider themselves 'non-malicious.' :)

Notice in the definition below, the 'semi-colons' and the 2nd statment within: "bypasses passwords or licenses in computer programs;" - and also notice the -->"or"<-- in the related chain of semi-colons; thus, the cracker might do ONE [or] ALL of those things, but some crackers ONLY 'crack codes' - which was my point.

Many pure 'crackers' only crack codes (per my brother, who is a professional at that), though some crackers also 'hack.' My brother does not 'hack;' i.e., "hack into systems;" he only uses IDA Pro and tools like that to 'crack codes.'

This, showing both of us are correct, from
http://searchsecurity.techtarget.com/sDefinition/0,,sid14_gci211852,00.html
- "A cracker is someone who breaks into someone else's computer system, often on a network; bypasses passwords or licenses in computer programs; or in other ways intentionally breaches computer security. A cracker can be doing this for profit, maliciously, for some altruistic purpose or cause, or because the challenge is there. Some breaking-and-entering has been done ostensibly to point out weaknesses in a site's security system. "

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It doesn't matter what YOU think

by JackOfAllTech In reply to Again - WRONG - Cracker i ...

Look up the real definition, not what the non-technical press not what the entertainment industry spew.

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I can call a pig the Mona Lisa

by CharlieSpencer In reply to Again - WRONG - Cracker i ...

That doesn't make him one or me right.

Crackers have malicious intent. Hackers are interested in pushing technologies to their limits. If you're using either term in technology circles, you should stick to those basic definitions.

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Hackers may not break in

by Neon Samurai In reply to Wrong!

That would be specific to Security Hackers within there own networks or with permission from the owners (accepting some grey area as nothing is black and white).

Hackers who do not focus on security related areas of interest would not fall within the definition though. They still pursue an area of interest for the joy of discovery but it could be anything from technology through to sociology, biology or any other topic one applies the Hacker mind set to. After all, it is a mind set or mental approach to problem solving and learning more than a focus on any specific topic.

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Crackers with P'nut budder...

by dawgit In reply to Cracker "breaks / reverse ...

and a dab of jelly.
or, just with cheese with a touch of wine...

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