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From what I hear - yes... My friends who worked for whitehat security companies would first try to hack staff before hacking servers.

Best was to call up the ceo on his personal homephone every night at 3am, until they knew what he sounded like raving mad. Then they called up the admins doing a very good impression of the irate ceo demanding his passwords were reset there and then. Worked a stupid amount of times apparently...

So yes, lying can be hacking and hacking can be lying.




>Best was to call up the ceo on his personal homephone every night at 3am, until they knew what he sounded like raving mad

That is gold...

Now I want to be a whitehat pentester even more than I did before.


tptacek at Matasano is the man you want to talk to: http://news.ycombinator.com/user?id=tptacek


These kind of hacks are paid for and authorised, I didn't see any signed contracts in these dating "hacks".


Don't buy into the notion that if it's not "ethical" it's not hacking.


If its not ethical, its almost illegal. And here it also deals with a buzzword "privacy".


Don't buy into the notion that if it's not "legal" it's not hacking.

One of the things that makes hacking possible is that the actual rules are different than the stated rules.




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