A computer hacker only exploits systems to discover how they work, computer Cracker's are people who lack any real knowledge on computer systems and use a tactic called "Brute Force Hacking", both better and usually termed "Brute force cracking" to gain access to systems and then damage them.
February 20th, 2006, 06:37 PM
Despite the fact you are quite mislead....
What, exactly, was the point of that?
February 20th, 2006, 06:48 PM
Well how would you define it?
February 20th, 2006, 06:51 PM
More so I should ask. what exactly is the difference between a Hacker and a Cracker. I read about it on some old tutorial so I was hopin to get some clarification.
February 20th, 2006, 06:54 PM
Hackers tend to do things for interest without harm.
Crackers may be equally talented or more so as a hacker but do things with harm in mind...
That's the short story as written by me... Others may vary...
February 20th, 2006, 08:23 PM
Hacker's find clever ways to circumvent problems. Also they aquire knowledge more through 'tinkering' and trial and error. The media has demonized the term, and anymore anyone that commits a crime with a computer, no matter how little skill was involved, is labled a hacker. Tiger Shark is right, hackers usually do not have malicious intent. If so, there is a totally different term for them... 'Criminals' ... Hacking is about as illegal as shooting a gun... it all depends on where you point it.
February 20th, 2006, 09:02 PM
It really all depends on who you are talking to. A cracker could mean one thing from person and something totally different from anybody else.
For example, in the military, a cracker might be someone who "cracks" code. If someone is in the South of the United States, they might be a cracker, however it has racial connotations.
I guarantee this thread could go on for days with people giving their explanation of what they call a hacker vs. what they call a cracker.
Might I suggest the “AO Hacker Jargon” definitions as potentially viable answers to this problem?? Here is the AO definition for HACKER and CRACKER.
P.S. I'm always a cracker, unless I was smoking the night before. At that point, I become a hacker.
February 20th, 2006, 09:11 PM
*L* yeah, a hacker can be someone that is terrible at golf too...
February 20th, 2006, 09:16 PM
Ok, well my definition is
A hacker is someone that is interested in computers in a more anarchistic or alternative way. Unconventional if you like, finding ways into computer places that they have been told they can't get to.
A cracker is like a dry biscuit that you eat with cheese, commonly called a waterbiscuit. there are many good manufacturers around, Jacobs being a very popular brand.
Ultimately, is this a thread trying to difine the term, because it really does seem that there has not been a definite definition?
February 20th, 2006, 11:24 PM
lol omg not another "hacker/cracker" debate.
This debate has been goin on for years and years... i thought we all decided to resolve this by not using those terms anymore, and just use "white hat/black hat"
in the sense, they can both be just as intelligent or more.. but it only differs in the intention..
IF u want a term for someone who has no skill and bent on causing damage.. then a "Script Kiddie" would be a good terminology. Someone who 5p33k5 1337 and uses scripts made by someone else to bully ppl around.