Into a hacker's head: Dark side of the IT world

Posted by khess on Sep 8, 2011 11:03 PM EDT
ZDNet Zero Day Blog; By Ken Hess
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This series focuses on the hacker, his personality, his motivations, his rewards, his mentality and his risks. The series explores the people behind the hacks, the tools, the targets and the temptations.

For those of you who follow Zero Day, there’s something new afoot: A new hacker series. But, this hacker series isn’t the standard, “Today this compromise took place” or “Hackers defaced another site.” The research for this series has taken me on a new journey into the mysterious and into the enlightening. I’ve conducted dozens of interviews, compiled a host (no pun intended) of documentation and developed a new respect for security professionals and hackers alike, regardless of affiliation or hat color.

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