Aye.. I know what that kid is into. Not pretty ****. I used to be like him last year. It is a very deep, dark world out there in that business. Lucky for me, I quit while I was ahead..
dbeast: I'm sorry, but you wouldn't be. Nobody wants a teenager protecting their systems. They want adults doing it. There isn't much they can do as far as work, except at their school [I have looked into this, and next year I may be apart of this since three of their techs graduated this year]. IMO this is pretty much how it works, unfortunately. Either you work like a regular person, or you turn out like that kid stealing Credit Cards and other various personal identity items. And you know what? It isn't hard! There are a LOT of companies that don't watch their information well enough. So who'* fault is it really?
Oh yeah, and everyone needs to be corrected.. hacker and cracker are two different things.
: A slang term for a computer enthusiast. Among professional programmers, the term hacker implies an amateur or a programmer who lacks formal training. Depending on how it used, the term can be either complimentary or derogatory, although it is developing an increasingly derogatory connotation. The pejorative sense of hacker is becoming more prominent largely because the popular press has co-opted the term to refer to individuals who gain unauthorised access to computer systems for the purpose of stealing and corrupting data. Hackers, themselves, maintain that the proper term for such individuals is cracker. [added by me] A hacker is also someone who finds security holes in software, and reports it to the developer and/or owner. You know who writes anti-virus software? Hackers. They find security holes before the crackers do, and write software to protect against viruses, trojans, worms, etc.. [/added by me]
: An individual who attempts to gain unauthorised access to a computer system. These individuals are often malicious and have many means at their disposal for breaking into a system. Crackers often like to describe themselves as hackers. Cracking does not usually involve some mysterious leap of hackerly brilliance but rather persistence and repetition of a handful of fairly well-known tricks that exploit common weaknesses in the security of target systems.