So now, opening Developer Tools and peeking at the HTML code is "hacking":

> “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 community.

This toot got several "the war over the word '' 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:

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 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 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.


> 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 you know perfectly well what I meant. Toots are short, context is king. No need to be disingenuous here.

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@rysiek even if I knew what you meant, someone else reading this thread might not.

I only described an example that it's not as simple as "never call compromises hacks". If this is what you meant from the start, then I don't see what's wrong with my reply...

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