Stop Calling Everything A "Hack"

Posted by HardOCP News 4:54 PM (CST)

Friday December 30, 2016

This annoys me to no end. I post links to stories all the damn time that refer to everything as a "hack" or call a 12 year old that used social engineering to gain access to someone's Facebook account a "hacker."

When you call a leak a "hack," you're calling the person who found the vulnerability a "hacker." That immediately tarnishes what is usually an act of good intention -- reporting a bug either to the affected party or the media -- with that of an illegal act. But better a good guy finding the flaw than a bad guy. And this kind of response by Nevada state is just one incident in a list of many that pose a larger question for security researchers.