What is Hacking? Good or Bad?

Published by Paresh Pawar
on December 16, 2017

We all heard about Hacking many times in our life. Every day there is a news of government hacks, Vulnerability in a Big Tech giant, Ransomware attacks and much more. So what the hell hacking is? Let me clear here that whatever you see in movie scenes where a hacker quickly types something on the terminal and lot of text is scrolling on the screen and the Victim system is hacked. these typical scenes can’t make sense in real life not even 10%, so let the movies be in their own position. Let’s see what is hacking?

Hacking in Computer and Information security is the process of finding the weakness of particular system and using that weakness to do something that is not defined, programmed or intended by the developer or manufacturer.these systems can be anything like:

  • Desktop Computers
  • Laptops
  • Smartphones
  • Networking Devices
  • Landline Phones
  • Bluetooth Devices
  • IoT Devices

List of these devices is unending and whenever a new device is introduced, hacks for that device are introduced. Hacking does not mean that you always need to type some commands on a high tech computer rather it is the way to interact with the system in such way that they will give you the unusual outcome. Let’s talk about software or websites hacking, No programmer or developer is present in this world who do not make mistakes. even my own website was hacked by my friend.

Now we know the hacking is so let’s go further and see “is hacking bad or good ?” and the answer is Yes and No. Hacking is like a knife that you can use to cut vegetables or to harm a person, it depends on you. The same things are with hacking If you are hacking someone’s network, website or device without proper permission then it is very bad and that can bring you to the jail. Now let’s know how hacking can be good.

Suppose, You are the owner of Facebook and you are very worried about the security of your servers that a bad guy can hack the servers and steal user data and that will be a very bad incident for your company, So what you will do is you hire a professional security tester also called as penetration tester and tell him to hack your systems/servers to ensure the security of servers whether they are hackable or not if yes then to fix that particular weakness or vulnerability before the bad guy takes advantage of it. This particular method of hacking with permission of the owner is called as Ethical Hacking. Ethical Hacking has great career options as well.

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