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Agastya

Hacking is not someone who knows their way around the security flaws. I think you are confusing it with cracking -- those who crack the security system to exploit it. Hacking has never meant to exploit. Hacking is "playful cleverness" which may not even have anything to do with the computers.

You can think of hacking as jugaad, of how you can come up with something clever. Please consider reading the difference between hacker vs cracker, and the "hacker culture".

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Akhil Naidu Author • Edited on

The word exploit means "to make full use of something". In the above description, I'm trying to make others understand that it is about finding new ways.

You call so-called playful cleverness might look fancy, but it is not how it actually plays in real-life cybersecurity operations. This article is for serious hacking certification seekers, not for movie dreamers.

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Agastya

"Hacker", and "hacking" are terms which have been used even before computers existed. "playful cleverness" is not my definition, that is how hacking is defined. However, over the course of years and decades, the people involved in cyber-security came and hijacked the word to use it for something it does not mean.

I am not to judge whom this article is for, but surely, it uses the word "hacking" incorrectly.

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Akhil Naidu Author

I still don't get your point. Hacker is actually a word used for computer parts thief; that is the actual truth.

Do you want me to use it?

You are just fawning on one of the many interpretations; ignore the fact you are a smart ass and accept the provisional truth. Don't play the game of words or synonyms.

I'm not here to debate a topic of the Origin of the Word Hacking or Hacker; I'm here to make others understand what textbooks, media, and in general, debates and workshops point out.

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Agastya

Hacker is actually a word used for computer parts thief; that is the actual truth.

Yes, it is used that way, because mainstream media and perople involved in cyber security hijacked the word "hacker" to give it a pejorative connotation.

And unfortunately, neither textbook, mainstream media or people involved in cyber-security are interested referring things accurately. It is not a game of words or synonyms. Synonyms would mean two different words have same meaning. That isn't the case here.

What you refer to as hacking is actually cracking. It would be better to use "Security cracker" in this context, and it would be really great if you could also spare a couple of lines highlighting the difference between a hacker and a security cracker.

But again, it is your article, and your decision how you would like to use the words.