|The Unix and Internet Fundamentals HOWTO, by Eric Raymond|
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by Andries Brouwer. Hacking is the activity of finding out about technical details of electronic systems. That is the Science part. Curiosity. The goal is often to use this information in creative and unexpected ways, to do things the original designers of these electronic systems had not planned. That is the Art part. So, one can be hacker for fun. One can also be hacker for profit. Countries and companies want to eavesdrop on the communications of other countries and companies, maybe disrupt these communications, maybe inject their own messages. But mostly just eavesdrop. This is the job of intelligence agencies. It is possible to hijack computers, lots of them, and use the resulting army in interesting or profitable ways. Spammers do this. Detailed knowledge of the ways to break a system is needed to protect it. Computer security firms make a living from such knowledge. System administrators must understand the issues.
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