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Friday fun for the IT crowd: White hat hacking

December 12, 2014
By Lisa Dare


Ever considered becoming an ethical hacker—or just trying your hand at it in your spare time? You might enjoy these true stories of white hat hacking.

Fascinating stories of white hat hacking

InfoWorld’s Roger Grimes has spent nearly 30 years in InfoSec (long before there even was such a thing) and has amassed some fun hacking yarns. From wreaking revenge on a persistent spammer to stealing cable with help from the unwitting cable company, Grimes’ stories are witty and revealing.  

How can you start ethical hacking?

If you’re interested in trying your own hand at white hat shenanigans, you might check out these resources:

  • Meet white hat hackers: Meetup hosts white hat hacking groups in 129 cities.
  • Take some courses: Online MOOC provider Udemy provides dirt-cheap starter courses.
  • Profit from hacking: Want to engage in some sanctioned and possibly profitable ethical hacking? Hacktivity hosts invitations from companies to find their security vulnerabilities. Many companies offer a “bug bounty” ranging from $10 to several thousand dollars. 

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Lisa Dare is a marketing writer for TEKsystems who enjoys learning about IT from some of the smartest folks in tech. She frequently blogs about IT career advice and the lighter side of tech, and on her off days loves to kayak and play with her toddler son.

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