So now, opening Developer Tools and peeking at the HTML code is "hacking":
krebsonsecurity.com/2021/10/mi

> “The state is committed to bringing to justice anyone who hacked our systems or anyone who aided them to do so,” Parson continued. “A hacker is someone who gains unauthorized access to information or content. This individual did not have permission to do what they did. They had no authorization to convert or decode, so this was clearly a hack.”

We need to take that term back for the #hacker community.

This toot got several "the war over the word '#hacker' is lost" replies, so I need to respond to it more generally.

Thankfully, I have a FAQ about it, since I encounter it so often:
rys.io/en/155.html#isnt-the-fi

tl;dr:
1. Whichever other word we choose and fail to defend, is going to be abused; see: "hacktivist". I draw the line on "hacker".
2. LGBTQ+ community reclaimed the f-word, African-American community -- the n-word; it *can* be done.
3. Nobody gets to tell me what I can call myself, and what that means.

Also, I've been having conversations about the (mis-)use tof the word #hacker for a decade or so. And guess what?

Journalists I spoke to said "huh, interesting", and often *modified* their use of it at least somewhat. In fact, I had a piece about that published in a Polish mainstream news portal.

I even have a letter from the former Polish minister of defense acknowledging that "hackers are not cybercriminals".

You know who pushes back the most? Other hackers.

It's not "the mainstream". It's us. 🤦‍♀️

So please, don't give me this "the war about the word #hacker is lost" bullshit. It's not. We just keep surrendering and undermining our own position.

So, stop using the word "hacker" to mean "cybercriminal". Stop using the word "hack" to mean "breach" or "compromise".

There are better words.

Like "cybercriminal", "breach", "compromise".

Thanks for coming to my TED talk.
/rant

@rysiek

> Stop using the word "hack" to mean "breach" or "compromise".
> There are better words.

My preferred one is "pwn".
But here's the thing: many pwns are also hacks, especially the interesting ones.

When praising someone for pwning a game console, is it wrong to call it a hack?

@wolf480pl @rysiek Gotta love when it’s not even a breach.

Such as if a company is stupid and leaves an S3 bucket open without authentication. Then they’re “hacked” when someone manages to find it
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well in that case it's neither a breach (there was no barrier to break) nor a hack (there was no thinking required). It's not even a steal (because nothing is removed from the original possessor). A leak is the sanest word for that I can think of.

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@wolf480pl @quad exactly. And the whole point is to start using words that actually make sense in the context, instead of a abused overused cliché.

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