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Hardware, Software and Security => IT Security Forum => Topic started by: Darksat on April 04, 2007, 04:21:34 am

Title: Ethical Hacking penetration and intrusion testing
Post by: Darksat on April 04, 2007, 04:21:34 am
Ethical hacking is a term used to describe someone who hacks into a system on behalf of the people who own the system in order to test for security weaknesses so the client can improve the security of the system.
It can also be known as penetration testing, intrusion testing, and red teaming (aka the red team in NATO wargames was always the bad guy/Russia).
A person who is an ethical hacker is generally referred to as a white hat hacker.
Ethical hacking tends to be harder though as you have to identify all vulnerabilities in a system instead of just finding one to exploit
and there is usually a load of paperwork, reporting and other pain in the ass stuff that goes with white hat.
Ethical Hackers also tend to be certified or have some form of computer security qualification as a lot of clients demand it.

You can also get hacktivist however they would be regarded as Grey hat.
AKA they penetrate a system in order to expose its vulnerabilities and very often for good reasons, but they do so without the permission of the people who own/design these systems.
I will do a separate thread on Hacktavism at a later stage.
Hope you enjoyed.