Hackers Of Many Colors

My future son-in-law is attending a hacking conference in Cleveland, OH this weekend. No, he's not up to no good; his job in computer software (and his passion for computing in general) means he seeks out meetings like this to sharpen his skills and interact with other like-minded individuals, including hackers. The term Hacker is often thought of as a pejorative, but it's not necessarily so - there are White Hats, Grey Hats and Black Hats. If you think of the old TV Westerns, where the good guy wore a white hat and the bad guys wore black, you get the idea. The White Hat mindset would be to poke around in the software code, find the problems and bugs - particularly security bugs - and fix them, rather than exploit them to create havoc.


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