This scenario gives us a description of how Janie gets fooled by a professional hacker. Even though she is one of the better clerks and that she is smart, she still could not prevent this action to happen. However, it is not Janie’s fault, because the hacker has prepared for this action in advance, he has already planned everything. For Janie, this is only a normal conversation in one of her work days. She was just trying to do her best on helping the customers, and she never thought about that this customer might be a hacker.
In everyday life, anyone can find oneself in situations like Janie’s. Usually, people do not take notice of that something might be wrong, because of their readiness to help. They would never think that they will be exploited in this way. Although most people in the world think that hacking is wrong, there still are situations where hacking is acceptable. For instance, what about when a 15 year old boy, Reid Ellison (USA), who hacked into the computer network at school and changed his mark because the teachers did not believe him when he told them about this break-in and the whole process in his project?
The teachers wanted him to prove this break-in, so they wanted him to hack into the computer network at school. Therefore, Reid did not have any harmful intention, and he did not do any damage either (itavisen. no, 2002). Even though Reid has committed a computer crime, it would be very unjust to arrest this boy. Secondly, there has been developed a kind of computer hacking which is called `Ethical Hacking’.
According to The New Hacker’s Dictionary on the Internet, hacker ethics can be defined as “the belief that system-cracking for fun and exploration is ethically OK as long as the cracker commits no theft, vandalism, or breach of confidentiality” (Raymond, n. d. ). In other words, hackers with good intensions are doing ethical hacking, for example helping the authorities or organizations to chase away other hackers. This is exactly what Kevin D. Mitnick, the super hacker, is doing today. He is the most successful and the most disreputable hacker in the United States. Mitnick had been arrested before because of a number of hacking burglaries, which cost him five years in prison.
After he was released from prison four years ago, he neither could touch a computer for three years, nor work as a councillor for any computer companies. He could not touch a modem, mobile phones or access the Internet either. He could not even travel outside California without special permission. These limitations are now annulled. Nowadays, he is one of the most popular lecturers within computer and network security. He has given the old saying “It takes a thief to catch a thief” a new dimension. He also works as a security adviser where he prevents the break-in on computers (digi. no, 2004).
Finally, it is legal for eople to use hacker software for breaking the copy protection on a copyright CD/DVD in some countries (vg. no C, 2004). For instance, to remove the copy protection will let the users have the opportunity to make back ups of their movies and music which they have bought. A 20 year old Norwegian boy, Jon Lech Johansen, also known as DVD-Jon, is doing this kind of hacking. He is charged with making the hacker software DeCSS that cracks the code on DVD movies.
This software removes the built-in copy protection CSS (Content Scrambling System) on DVD movies and makes a copy of this film on the computer hard drive (vg. no A, 2003). He is now acquitted from this indictment, because the Norwegian law gives you the right to make private MP3-copies of your music. According to the Norwegian Copyright Act, people can make back up of their own property (vg. no B, 2003). In conclusion, it is clear that stealing is wrong, and breaking into a house is not right either.
People should also respect others’ privacy. Hence, many people will find hacking an unethical, wrong and criminal action. Computer hacking is a very serious crime and a break on ethical action, too. A person who gets caught for hacking can risk long term of imprisonment or even imprisonment for life in many countries. Moreover, not only does computer hacking break the right to private property and personal life, but it also causes enormous damage. On the other hand, everything has an exception, because there actually are some situations where hacking is quite contrary to this and that the hacker does not necessarily be judged for prison.
In my opinion, I think that as long as the break-in on a computer does not cause any problems or damage to the system itself or to the company and has positive intentions – for example to prevent other uncomfortable and harmful situations happening, then computer hacking should be seen as an acceptable and legal action. References Cheswick, William R. et al. (2003): Firewalls and Internet Security: Repelling the Wily Hacker. 2^nd Edition. Addison-Wesley. Canada digi. no (2004): “Hacker-konge holder sikkerhetskurs i Norge. ”