Hacking as a secure satisfying career.

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For years the question has arisen, 'Is hacking legal?' Now there is an

answer found within many corporations throughout the world, and it is

definitely, yes. Hackers used to be just people that cause havoc on another

person's computer or a network of computers to gain access to secret

information or private agreements and the like. Today hackers are being

hired by major companies to test their software and hardware for 'holes'

(glitches) in the setup to determine how easily other hackers could penetrate.

History has shown us that hackers will find a way into your network if

it is accessible from a telephone/modem connection or if it has cellular

phone lines within the company. Reformed hackers are able to use the same

techniques as they could before, but earn a decent living doing so, and

legally. To many experts it seems that hacker-converts may very well be up

to no good.

While they are in a system, they might rearrange things, leaving

a back door for later use. But more companies feel that a hacker could help

their security problems by showing them the faults in the system and

suggesting how to patch these holes.

The general public however, does not accept major companies using

hackers as system testers. 'Michigan Bell was inundated with negative

publicity when word leaked out in 1989 that it had hired hacker John

Maxfield as a security consultant' (Forbes 40). This was a big problem for

the company but surprisingly more hackers were hired with other companies

as security consultants with confidential agreements or contracts. This rapid

uprising in professional legal hackers also brought about an uprising to

illegal hacking. A company that is willing to hire a hacker could be taking a

risk in doing so, but could also get an excellent...