~o~Hacking is for Has-Beens~o~
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There, I said it, and at the risk of painting a giant lime green bullís eye on my forehead for the rest of my life, I will stand by it. Hacking is old news. Itís been done, and itís time to move on.
The reason I say this is in reaction to an article I read in the news this morning. A code red has been issued that there is a new worm heading out and attacking systems worldwide. My reaction was with mixed feelings, firstly, I was strained by my lack of ability to remember what exactly a worm is. I mean, I did know at one time. Back in 95, I could have told you anything you wanted to know about worms, trojan horses, and any of a number of popular viruses, but since then, my entire knowledge of the hacker community was wiped out in order to make room for more current interests.
My second reaction was one of boredom. So thereís a worm, big deal! It came as no shock to me that this particular story took up a tiny little rectangle on page ~C3~ of my local newspaper. Now, I know that on the part of just about any computer user out there, itís mostly arrogance on our parts to believe that the Norton anti-virus renders our Ďputers invincible from all sides, but the fact is that in the 90s, hacking was considered the next big threat to national security, whereas nowadays, itís considered a nuisance that is really only a threat to a bunch of rich corporate suits or software developers trying to find ways to keep their programs from becoming free public property, in other words, people that the rest of us could care less about.
I mean sure, I remember when the FBI computers were hacked, I jumped for joy along with the rest of us geeks thinking that hacking had just made itís official mark on the history of the twentieth century. But what were the consequences of that action? Well, in short, a small number of movies about computer terrorists, a series of news features, documentaries and television specials, all condensed into a very small period of time. Then, sadly, the publicís fascination with hacking went the way of the virtual pets and pog slammers. We had our moment in the sun, then people simply stopped caring, and Iím quite sure the media had intended for just such a thing to happen. After all, how do you sell modems, T1 lines and cable based net connections when 90% of the population are mortally terrified that their private information will be broadcast on the 6:00 news.
Well, perhaps Iím being harsh, I can admit that, but letís face it, for all the hacks that are still occurring today, how many do you hear on the news at all anymore, let alone giving credit to the hacker himself/herself who pulled it off. The glory is gone, back when I played the game, it was all about getting you handle on the news. (I was evilguy, you probably never heard of me though, my neighbour and I created this trojan horse that would delete your OS, but was made to look like a Duke Nukem patch. It didnít quite splash that big.) Hackers nowadays donít stand a snowballs chance in hell at making a name for themselves, unless you drop the old ethic and market yourself like some kind of cyberspace Backstreet Boy.
Well, anyways, thatís just my view and youíre fully welcome to leave comments, Iíll be happy to hear opposing views on this.
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