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Mar 13 2007   8:54AM GMT

Hackers aren’t ALWAYS evil



Posted by: Brein Matturro
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I read in Ryan Naraine’s Zero Day blog this week that HD Moore, hacker extraordinaire, is building a tracking system capable of pinpointing specific workstations that searched for and downloaded child pornography.

Pedophiles using Onion router Tor can no longer count on anonymity. Moore’s countermeasures are sparking debate, however. According to some, Tor developers should have anticipated that this anonymity would lead to sneaky or criminal activities. That’s the whole point of routers like these.

But it warms my heart to know that top-tier hackers are using their skills to fight crime. According to Moore, his “server is able to determine the internal address of the user, the external address from which they access the internet, and the ISP they use to provide DNS resolution, as well as the IP address they come from through the Tor network. This information, along with the unique tracking ID, allows me to identify a specific workstation within an organization or residence.”

Go team! VARs, of course, should be aware of malicious hackers, but ethical hacking has its place. As Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Good men must not obey laws too well.”

Hack away, HD Moore.

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