Who are the Hackers?
Hackers can be a disgruntled employee, help desk technician, network technician, an individual, a group or organization.
The disgruntled employee may destroy files or read confidential documents. The help desk or network technician may use their power to read, modify or destroy information. An individual may be motivated by 'power'. A group or organization may see how far they can go They may modify websites or commit industrial espionage.
Enterprise security relies on everyone in any organization. Looking at trends, reading magazines, obtaining certifications is sometimes not enough. The security director and the security team in any organization should study the social details behind hacking and hackers.
With knowledge being power in the hacker culture, an Elite hacker is someone who has great technical skills. Hackers may and may not have ethics. This separates black hats, white hats, grey hats and script kiddies.
Hackers ethics can vary and most believe that information and computer unauthorized access are o.k. as long as no harm is done. Visiting forums and IRC channels you will learn that this information on the hack or crack is shared and often bragged about.
Most hackers are young teens to their early thirties. They are often academic underachievers, analytical thinkers with above average intelligence. Hackers generally have handles or nicknames they use when communicating. Communication can take place by using an alternate language called LEET. (http://www.albinoblacksheep.com/text/leet)