As far as I understand the proposed questions, the legal parts (learning, pentesting, etc.) are all on topic on security.stackexchange.com. For the clearly illegal parts of breaking into systems without permission (e. g. "How do I hack into Bank Of America computers?"), well, do we want them on stackexchange at all?

Proposal: Hacking and Hackers

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Agree 100% - the "White Hat" security aspects of this proposal are entirely covered by security Stack Exchange, along with some of the "Black Hat" stuff if it has application in defence of networks etc.

The out and out "Black Hat" stuff doesn't belong on any Stack Exchange site.


This kind of questions are the difference:

How can I connect to my car's OS and tune it?

I would think "hacking" means much more than just breaking into security. It means being able to hack apart a system and understand what's not in a manual, to be able to reach it's insides and change it. Much beyond the common, War Games or Swordfish buzzwords of "Black Hat" vs "White Hat".

I see only one "Hat" when I think of a hacker: "Red Hat".

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    Excellent explanation of what hacking is all about. "Understanding what's not in a manual, to be able to reach its insides and change it". Feb 5, 2012 at 18:39
  • @ysaimanojkumar Thank you very much for the compliment. :) Feb 6, 2012 at 8:08
  • I agree with the explanation too. The term hacking cannot just be attached to security aspect, it'd be too narrow.
    – noob
    Feb 14, 2012 at 10:39
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    Some times it is just being able to understand what is in the manual (when it is written in Chinese)
    – Reid
    Feb 29, 2012 at 5:44
  • @Reid Amen for that! Once I had to figure out an API by running strings on a library. Feb 29, 2012 at 15:14

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