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Hi all

We've been counter-spammed! I dont know if this warrants a response - could be a troll - or just point out that it is a misunderstanding of "hacker"...?



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De: David Golumbia <dgolumbia>
Date: Mardi, 14 Juin 2011, 3:55 pm
Objet: Re: [Air-L] CFP: Expanding the frontiers of hacking
Cc: air-l

On Tue, Jun 14, 2011 at 4:24 AM, Mathieu ONeil 

During the past two decades, hacking has chiefly been 
associated with
software development. This is now changing as new walks of 
life are being
explored with a hacker mindset, thus bringing back to memory 
the origin of
hacking in hardware development. Now as then, the hacker is 
characterised by
an active approach to technology, undaunted by hierarchies and 
established> knowledge, and finally a commitment to sharing 
information freely.

i wish I had any understanding of why this view can continue to be

i see so little of it from groups like anonymous and so on. to 
the contrary,
contemporary hacking is characterised by:

   - attempting to steal every bit of information and 
financial property i
   and you and every other person on this list has 
earned or owns by whatever
   - doing so without any clear political program or 
input from political
   thinkers, but typically because there is something 
they don't like about the
   target, and/or the target has something of value 
they want to steal;
   - being absolutely antidemocratic and authoritarian 
with regard to their
   decisions and actions;
   - keeping whatever profits they make solely for 
themselves;   - in many cases, working on behalf of 
large multi-national corporations
   and governments. the most famous recent example is 

where is the special issue on that topic? why do we keep having 
them, and
endless list and conference discussions, on this one, which does 
not map
onto the reality i know at all?

it's not like this was in the news as recently as yesterday or 
today or

Hardly a month has gone by this year without a multinational 
company such as
Google Inc., EMC Corp. or Sony Corp. disclosing it’s been hacked 
by cyber
intruders who infiltrated networks or stole customer 
information. Yet no
hacker has been publicly identified, charged or arrested.

If past enforcement efforts are an indication, most of the 
perpetrators will
never be prosecuted or punished.

“I don’t have a high level of confidence that they will be 
brought to
justice,” said Peter George, chief executive of Fidelis Security 
SystemsInc., a Bethesda, Md.-based data protection consulting 
firm whose clients
include International Business Machines Corp., the U.S. Army and the
Department of Commerce. “The government is doing what they can, 
but they
need to do a lot more.”

In the U.S., the FBI, the Secret Service and other law 
enforcement agencies
are confronting what amounts to a massive crime wave that’s 
highly organized
and hard to combat with traditional methods. The hacker 
organizations are
well-funded and global, eluding arrest except in the rarest of cases.

Attacks are coming from organized crime groups based in Eastern 
Europe and
Russia, from industrial spies in China and from groups such as 
LulzSec,whose members appear to reside mostly in the U.S. and 
Europe and seem more
interested in publicity than in making a profit from their 
crimes. (By
Michael Riley, Greg Farrell and Ann Woolner, Bloomberg News, "Cyber
intruders confound: Few hackers are brought to
Jun 12 2011)

David Golumbia
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The Australian National University
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