I grew up in the early era of computers. I remember cassettes and punch cards. My first computer was a Vic 20 with a cassette player hooked up to it. I didn’t stick with the 20 for long. I quickly updated to the Commodore 64 with a floppy drive. Yeah, I was one of those geeks who automated his coffee maker.
Check out this 1980 documentary about the computers. Kudos to Boing! Boing! for sharing this.
Schooled on Hacking – Social Engineering and Phishing
The term “hacking” did not always have negative implications. Originally, it was slang for some user hacking away at a keyboard to make it do what she or he wanted. Now we have white hats, black hats, and hacking conventions. It has turned into a perpetual white vs black game of chess. One side trying to make technology for us, the other trying to take advantage of use by using it against us. However, the most commonly used tactics fall under the category of “Social Engineering”.
Ludicrous – While a 19 year old hacking an airline to commit 150,000 dolars of fraud may not be ludicrous, the fact that “he hack was not highly sophisticated and was a result of a loophole in the airline’s computer system"