Have a Great Life! Stories about People
Who Use Hacking to Do Good
From: "kup3rt1n0 Doe"
Subject: Cyber-warfighting in the military
First of all, I think you have a great site and are doing
a great job of pointing people in the right direction. It is
educational sites like yours that will keep budding hackers and
security experts from becoming malicious script kiddies or cyber-terrorists.
The purpose of this email is to let you know of some other
opportunities that exist in the military. I am currently enlisted
in Marine Corps Intelligence where we have an
entire platoon dedicated to enemy network analysis and exploitation.
We have government-sanctioned courses that we attend and are
currently trying to get funding for third-party courses such
as the "black hat" courses that are offered. If anyone
was interested in this field, they should enlist in the 2600
field to get these opportunities. Normally, Morse operators have the best chances of
getting into this platoon and the courses. This isn't just for
senior enlisted, either. I'm only an E-3 (Lance Corporal) and
many members are even lower ranks. Just thought you'd like the
Carolyn replies: If you want to join
the U.S. Marine Corps, in the U.S you can usually find a recruiting office nearby.
Subject: RE: hackthissite.org
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2003 10:48:45 -0500
Here at hackthissite.org
[a computer break-in challenge] we try to make our site the friendliest
environment to learn in as possible. Anything goes on the site,
(excluding dos, and brute force attacks please).
I came to the site with hardly any knowledge about network
security at all. By the time I was done I knew more than some
of the people working there. The learning curve is great, and
if you have real trouble with one of the challenges theres
a forum to post questions and an IRC chat-room to ask questions.
The IRC server is irc.inteliinternet.com and the room is #Hackthissite.
Dont worry about asking Dumb questions. If
you ever get made fun of for Noob questions, just
pm me, spiffomatic64, with your question and the person who made
fun of you. We dont take kindly to jerks.
This site is good fun and is always coming out with new challenges.This
site has not only let me get in touch with very smart people
but has also, in the process, made me a smart person lol. I just
started college at Drexel University this year and my knowledge
from hackthissite.org helped me find many exploits and problems
that I have reported, and in turn may lead to me getting a job
there in the future. So hacking can definately be a profession.
Just make sure you study how to prevent hacking as well! Cheers
once again to the great site!
P.S. I've had many people ask me to be their "mentors"
because of your book and
I'd just like to thank you! I love helping people and do so as
much as possible. If it wern't for you book I wouldn't have been
able to help as many people as I have.
From: "A. Mac Hugh"
I started college in 2000 an joined the computer society.
They gave a free shell account( for life, I don't attend that
college any more). All I knew was I could telnet in and check
my mail. Now thanks the happy hacker I now can do so much more.
I love learning about computers. That reminds me I found out
how to get the full
e-mail headers on Outlook Express .Once you've open you e-mail,
go to view and click options it show the whole header.
I was doing a science course and in the second year we had
to decided which subject we want to specialise in. I chose Physics
mainly cause I would learn c/c++ programming and about Unix Linux.
In third year we had to do a project. The ones on the list that
interested me were Java programming and studying the college
network. You can guess which one I took: studying of the
college network. I used the sniffer pro program to monitor the
network, set up a crossover network between two computers and
in vain tried to decode a MAC address using a oscilloscope. That
project was a lot a phun and in my mind the easiest of all the
Ok, one last thing: do you know were I could get in contact
with hackers in Ireland? Keep up the good work.
Carolyn replies: Hopefully this post
will reach some Irish hackers who will contact A. Mac Hugh,
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