Microsoft has a new blog: hackers at microsoft. No, these hackers are not trying to hack into Google to steal the latest search engine technologies. They are good hackers, the white hat hackers.
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I never liked this misuse of the term hacker. This idea of ethical hackers originally came from hackers who enjoyed cracking other people's computer systems, but didn't want to be treated as criminals. Companies hired them to improve the security of their systems. They still liked to be called hackers, because being a hacker is just cool, whereas being a penetration tester or security expert is uncool.
My problem with the term white hat hacker is that it plays down the fact that most hackers are or were criminals. Many script kiddies take famous hackers as an example, because being a hacker is really so cool. I wonder just how long will it take until the first terrorist says that he is just a white hat terrorist.
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Anyway, I am curious to know what Microsoft's penetration testers have to tell us. I am sure they know of many security holes in Microsoft products. But will they really blog about this? I guess not. Let's hope it will not be just about promoting Forefront products. I have subscribed to their blog.