Ever since hackers became public figures, stealing personal data and breaking into corporate networks for fun and profit, the noble field of hacking has taken a turn for the worse.
Hackers now glorify in destroying websites, raiding people’s bank accounts, and even illegally using others’ credit card details to buy online.
We should’ve seen it coming: with fame comes responsibility. And while hackers have always been motivated by a desire to learn new things or earn bragging rights among their peers, they’ve also become greedy thanks to all that media attention. The problem is that greed leads straight down the path of anonymity — which is great if you want to do your dirty work without being caught.
But there are some hacks that just have to be done anonymously. Take the infamous Sony PlayStation Network hack, for example. When Sony got hacked, it wasn’t for fame or bragging rights — it was to send a message.
Which means if you’re going to do a hack like this, you’d better make sure you can cover your tracks and stay anonymous. Otherwise the FBI is going to be knocking on your door before you can say “what’s up?”
But the PlayStation Network hack is not alone in this regard; there has been a huge increase in hacker attacks that go above and beyond what’s necessary for just braining their victims over the head until they call out Uncle. Hacking to steal credit card numbers, say, or breaking into government databases are a lot more profitable in the long run. But where’s the fun in that?
And what about hacking into your own company? Is it even worth it?
Companies have one thing hackers hate — security. If you hack into a company and then go and release everything, the chances are high that your career is going to be over, no matter how much money you make. Even if you don’t get caught, you’ll be worthless as far as your employer is concerned.
So why would you do something like that? What’s the point of hacking your own company?
All is Not Censored in China: If you’re looking for an idea, look no further. There are a lot of hacked companies out there, but the majority of them have one thing in common: They are big and they have a global presence. And as much as hackers may hate security measures and databases with passwords, it’s still a lot easier to break into these kinds of companies than it is to start your own from scratch.
But let’s say you don’t want to run off to China or go work for WikiLeaks. Let’s say you want to hack your company for fun.
Privacy: If you have a boss who is a real pain in the rear end, or if your company is just too invasive, or if you just want more privacy than your current Internet provider offers, you could always create your own Internet service provider. If you already own a domain (and companies usually do), it’s pretty easy to set up an ISP. Then all you have to do is put a server online and start selling bandwidth — and get cracking on hacking people who pose a threat to the values of the company that should be running your ISP.
If this isn’t enough to motivate, then I don’t know what is.
Pretty Much Any Other Reason: The reason could be political or social or anything else. Maybe you’re unhappy with the direction your company is taking and getting a copy of the data would help you to shape the future of your company. Maybe you are just feeling mischievous or you saw “The Social Network” a few too many times. Whatever the reason, be careful.
It’s Not All Good: One thing to keep in mind is that there are more people out there who can and will find out that you have hacked into your own company than those who won’t. If this happens, it could mean trouble for your career (or worse).
Why You Should Try It: There’s only one good reason to hack into your own company — and that is to prove a point. Maybe you’re thinking about quitting your job and you want to screw the company over before you go. Or maybe you just love taking part in fun, exciting hacks and have no other reason for doing it. Either way, your company might not be the best place for you right now so don’t let that stop you from doing something that might lead somewhere interesting.