Hacker Awarded for Discovering Rift Security Issues

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Ironic and commendable, a strange combination.

And that ladies and gentleman is what a hacker SHOULD be.

anonymous could take a lesson from that guy.

Infesord:
Yeah it's nice to know there are people with that kind of power and time on their hands to use for good. Although, you ever wonder if he merely found it by accident or if he TRIED to find something wrong, thinking that if he did he would report it and get a reward for. I'm thinking the latter seems unlikely considering how some other companies do not take kindly to anyone who tries to play around with their software, even if the discovery of a loophole saves the hides of themselves and their customers.

Believe me, as someone who once hacked a joke of a program just out of curiosity, (I'm not a hacker, I'm a programmer. But someone mentioned something and I thought I'd see what happened), you don't accidentally hack something.

At the very least, you have to be monitoring stuff no normal person would be looking at. And in many cases there's so much data that even then you wouldn't notice anything unless you were explicitly checking a program very carefully.

Now, I'm sure an experienced hacker can spot signs of certain kinds of vulnerabilities quite easily, and may even have automated tools that can find some things, but it's still not something I'd call an 'accident'.

The hacker was REWARDED. To be AWARDED is to be given as a reward.

CrystalShadow:

Infesord:
Yeah it's nice to know there are people with that kind of power and time on their hands to use for good. Although, you ever wonder if he merely found it by accident or if he TRIED to find something wrong, thinking that if he did he would report it and get a reward for. I'm thinking the latter seems unlikely considering how some other companies do not take kindly to anyone who tries to play around with their software, even if the discovery of a loophole saves the hides of themselves and their customers.

Believe me, as someone who once hacked a joke of a program just out of curiosity, (I'm not a hacker, I'm a programmer. But someone mentioned something and I thought I'd see what happened), you don't accidentally hack something.

At the very least, you have to be monitoring stuff no normal person would be looking at. And in many cases there's so much data that even then you wouldn't notice anything unless you were explicitly checking a program very carefully.

Now, I'm sure an experienced hacker can spot signs of certain kinds of vulnerabilities quite easily, and may even have automated tools that can find some things, but it's still not something I'd call an 'accident'.

He works for a security firm, he might just run his diagnostic tools on everything he uses for fun and curiosity. Maybe he put in a little extra attention since the company was having problems with their accounts.

Still, what a nice guy. Appropriate name, too.

w@rew0lf:
Ironic and commendable, a strange combination.

It's really not.
The vast majority of hackers don't do bad shit.
If they did, we'd have to close down the internet.
You just hear about all the bad stuff some hackers do, since they're the only ones you hear about.
If, for example, one in a hundred kids is an asshole that throws rocks at windows. That's still 10 kids in 1000.
If those 10 kids ran around throwing rocks at windows, it's not really fair to say that the other 990 kids are also assholes.

Besides, most of the 'hacking' you hear about isn't even hacking at all to begin with.
It's just script kiddies with manufactured trojans.

Hey Sony you could learning something here. This is the correct thing to do with hackers, not sue them with all your might.

Good to hear this kind of news.

Raesvelg:

Pumpkin_Eater:
Sony would do well to take some pages from Trion's playbook.

There's a wee difference between hacking something then telling the people who own it what you did, and that they should fix it, and hacking something, then telling the world how to hack it too.

I imagine, for example, that if GeoHot had gone directly to Sony and said "Hey guys, I hacked the PS3, here's how, you might want to fix that", he probably wouldn't be in half the trouble he's in now, and if he'd done it right, he probably could have even gotten the credit for it.

Nope. That's not Sony's style at all.

Infesord:
Yeah it's nice to know there are people with that kind of power and time on their hands to use for good. Although, you ever wonder if he merely found it by accident or if he TRIED to find something wrong, thinking that if he did he would report it and get a reward for. I'm thinking the latter seems unlikely considering how some other companies do not take kindly to anyone who tries to play around with their software, even if the discovery of a loophole saves the hides of themselves and their customers.

As far as i know he got the receiving end of the hack so he figured he would backtrack the source of the problem. Him being IT security specialist, he was pretty sure the problem is not in keylogger/trojan/other malware on his machine.

You know one thing (true) hackers tend to dislike more than companies hiding dirty secrets is other hackers messing with their fun times.

Denamic:

w@rew0lf:
Ironic and commendable, a strange combination.

It's really not.
The vast majority of hackers don't do bad shit.
If they did, we'd have to close down the internet.
You just hear about all the bad stuff some hackers do, since they're the only ones you hear about.
If, for example, one in a hundred kids is an asshole that throws rocks at windows. That's still 10 kids in 1000.
If those 10 kids ran around throwing rocks at windows, it's not really fair to say that the other 990 kids are also assholes.

Besides, most of the 'hacking' you hear about isn't even hacking at all to begin with.
It's just script kiddies with manufactured trojans.

You know I never said "for a hacker." Just pointing that out. I understand the difference between a hacker and a cracker, and I believe most wannabe script kiddies use DDoS not trojans.

w@rew0lf:
You know I never said "for a hacker." Just pointing that out. I understand the difference between a hacker and a cracker, and I believe most wannabe script kiddies use DDoS not trojans.

They're essentially the same thing.
DDoS scripts infects a lot of computers to create a botnet to overwhelm a target with traffic at command.
Account 'hacking' is essentially the same thing, only they log keystrokes and sends them back to the 'hacker', which he then uses to log in to people's accounts.

Finally. Someone with some morales.

can't wait for real hackers to target him 'for the lols' now

White hatting like a boss.

Glad to see he got a nice reward.

I know someone who hacked Wow and got rewared for it. It makes sense. Sometimes programmers overlook things that hackers can bring to their attention. Hackers, while sometimes a threat to our livelihood (stealing bank info and whatnot), also push companies to make online services more secure. MMORPGs are no exception.

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