Monday, December 31, 2007

Ethical Hacking

Had to chuckle.... today I was driving East on Glen and saw a billboard for Pearl Technology advertising "ethical hacking" services. This cracks me up. What would be considered ethical hacking? I mean, why would anyone put a password on their data if they didn't want to be the sole decider of who would have access to that information?

Who decides who is ethical, and what data can you hack and what data can you not hack? Perhaps there is a whole culture on this... I don't know... just thought it was funny.


john said...

Hey Diane!
Thanks for noticing our billboard. That’s a great question, and like all great questions, it deserves an answer.
The definition of an Ethical Hacker is very similar to a Penetration Tester. The Ethical Hacker is an individual who is usually employed with the organization and who can be trusted to undertake an attempt to penetrate networks and/or computer systems using the same methods as a Hacker. Hacking is a felony in the United States and most other countries. When it is done by request and under a contract between an Ethical Hacker and an organization, it is legal. The most important point is that an Ethical Hacker has authorization to probe the target.

Microsoft and IT Security Vertical Lead
Pearl Technology

Anonymous said...

Bet you feel like an ass now... :)
your sister

Diane Vespa said...

Hey Sis, I think you would know me a little better than that by now. Of course, I will post your smart-aleck responses. ;)