26 Deadly sins H is for Hacking

Why stick with seven deadly sins when there are so many things we could get up to?  Life is just too busy to stick with such a small number.  Some of today’s sins are very new while others are variants on something very old.  Over the month of April, as part of the A-Z blogging challenge, I am going to bring the list up to date with my suggested 26 modern deadly sins.

H is for Hacking.  I guess this one is fairly new as it a sin against computers and users.  In this sense a security hacker is someone who seeks to breach the defences and exploit weaknesses in a computer system or network.  This is not to be confused with a hack or hackathon which has altogether much healthier connotations.

I have been involved in a small number of hackathons.  I have never hacked into a computer.  I don’t have the skills or the intent.

There are various reasons why people succumb to the urge from just to see if I can to theft and even state sponsored terrorism.  It is all over the news with one country claiming that the other has been playing unfair.  As if they all don’t do it.  It is only a problem when they get caught.

Just as there is a huge industry that has grown up around physical security there is an equally huge cyber-security industry.  It is an arms race out there.  Stay safe online.

Thou shalt not hack.

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