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When you’re starting off as an anthropologist, you aim is to explore a subculture your peers have yet to uncover, spending years living with the locals and learning their ways. That’s what Gabriella Coleman did. She went to San Francisco and lived with the hackers.
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Hector Xavier Monsegur, alias “Sabu,’ is a 28-year-old unemployed father of two who lives in a housing complex. He is also the man who allegedly masterminded the notorious LulzSec computer hacking group, an international network of hackers—perhaps numbering in the thousands—that has caused billions of dollars of damage to governments and businesses. The fact that Monsegur is unemployed and also allegedly quite competent—even a genius—at destroying the infrastructure of our society suggests that he may be a new breed of threat: Someone who suffers with character pathology (having sociopathic traits), who might normally be confined by virtue of his pathological personality to poverty and petty crimes, but who has access to the whole world by virtue of the viral nature of the Internet.
There is a choice every hacker will make at the start of their virtual adventures: whether to use their powers for good or evil. While that seems a little platitudinous, it is a fundamental question they have to face. How does a hacker decide to between becoming a Whitehat or a Blackhat, and what prevents them from going to the dark side of criminality? We spoke to ethical hacker and senior vice president in Europe for CRYPTOCard Jason Hart, after he performed a live hack , about what attracted him to the profession and what he thinks of the security landscape at large. What inspired you to become an ethical hacker and what benefits can you provide in that role?