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What Does It Mean To Be A Hacker? – PSW #635

January 20, 2020

This is the Hacker Culture Roundtable discussion from the Security Weekly Christmas podcast marathon and features almost all of our hosts and special guests.

Hacking is a term used to describe the activity of modifying a product or procedure to alter its normal function, or to fix a problem. The term purportedly originated in the 1960s, when it was used to describe the activities of certain MIT model train enthusiasts who modified the operation of their model trains. They discovered ways to change certain functions without re-engineering the entire device. These curious individuals went on to work with early computer systems where they applied their curiosity and resourcefulness to learning and changing the computer code that was used in early programs. To the general public, a "hack" became known as a clever way to fix a problem with a product, or an easy way to improve its function.

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What Does It Mean To Be A Hacker?

Hosts

[caption id="attachment_210" align="alignleft" width="120"]April Wright April Wright - Preventative Security Specialist[/caption] [caption id="attachment_210" align="alignleft" width="120"]Doug White Doug White - Professor[/caption] [caption id="attachment_210" align="alignleft" width="120"]Jason Albuquerque Jason Albuquerque - CIO & CSO[/caption] [caption id="attachment_210" align="alignleft" width="120"]Jeff Man Jeff Man - Sr. InfoSec Consultant[/caption] [caption id="attachment_210" align="alignleft" width="120"]Joff Thyer Joff Thyer - Security Analyst[/caption] [caption id="attachment_210" align="alignleft" width="120"]Larry Pesce Larry Pesce - Senior Managing Consultant and Director of Research[/caption] [caption id="attachment_210" align="alignleft" width="120"]Lee Neely Lee Neely - Senior Cyber Analyst [/caption] [caption id="attachment_210" align="alignleft" width="120"]Matt Alderman Matt Alderman - CEO[/caption] [caption id="attachment_210" align="alignleft" width="120"]Patrick Laverty Patrick Laverty - Security Consultant[/caption] [caption id="attachment_210" align="alignleft" width="120"]Paul Asadoorian Paul Asadoorian - Founder & CTO[/caption] [caption id="attachment_210" align="alignleft" width="120"]Tyler Robinson Tyler Robinson - Managing Director of Network Operations[/caption]

Guests

[caption id="attachment_210" align="alignleft" width="120"]Bill Swearingen Bill Swearingen - Cyber Strategist [/caption] [caption id="attachment_210" align="alignleft" width="120"]Trent Lo Trent Lo - Cyber Security Principal [/caption]

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