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QOTD: Have You Ever Hacked Anything?

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Their crime is curiosity.

The term hack or hacker has become so commonly tossed around that it can mean different things to different people. The image of a hacker can often bring images to those who are less computer literate as someone who steals bank information in Superman III-worthy schemes.

We’d like to think of hacking as something that you have to do to get something working better or differently (such as bypassing the intrusive copy protection of your legally obtained software), but perhaps not as originally intended by the designer (such as installing Mac OS X on a PC). Of course, hacking can also be just what the movies make it out to be (breaking into other computer systems).

Feel free to share with everyone your most interesting hacking exploits.

Have you ever hacked anything? If so, what have you hacked and why?

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    mrhappy50 , June 11, 2009 11:42 PM
    I plead the fifth
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    anamaniac , June 12, 2009 12:01 AM
    Through all I'm concerned, a hack is something significant and symbolical. Like breaking into the pentagon for the plans to a jet or setting every account in a bank to $0.00 through exploitation. Or maybe just getting into your neighbors computer through his Wifi and putting homosexual pornographic content as the desktop (which is always fun). Those who make video game cracks are hackers, those who use them are only pirates.

    What I do is pirate and mod, not hack.
    Putting OS X on a PC is just a mod.
    Overclocking is just modding.
    Illegal windows installs are rather easy... and is only pirating (in most cases).
    Jailbreaking is just using a pre set instruciton lead you how. The originals who did it were hackers, but only them.
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    HibyPrime , June 11, 2009 11:53 PM
    You could use the word hack to refer to just about any unintended mod - hardware or software, by that definition, I couldn't count the number of hacks I've done lol

    I'm sure most everyone on this site has preformed a hack in some way, be it an overclock, illegal windows install, iphone/regular phone hacks..

    What I would want to know, is if anyone has gone out of their way to obtain Linux (or any other free software) illegally. The only way I can think of would be to break into their warehouse and steal a disc :p 
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  • 19 Hide
    mrhappy50 , June 11, 2009 11:42 PM
    I plead the fifth
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    Anonymous , June 11, 2009 11:48 PM
    I have hacked little things like routers, OS X, DVDs, Blu Rays, but most of all porn websites!
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    volks1470 , June 11, 2009 11:51 PM
    Does jailbreaking an Ipod count? Don't do much hacking, just pirating. lol
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    HibyPrime , June 11, 2009 11:53 PM
    You could use the word hack to refer to just about any unintended mod - hardware or software, by that definition, I couldn't count the number of hacks I've done lol

    I'm sure most everyone on this site has preformed a hack in some way, be it an overclock, illegal windows install, iphone/regular phone hacks..

    What I would want to know, is if anyone has gone out of their way to obtain Linux (or any other free software) illegally. The only way I can think of would be to break into their warehouse and steal a disc :p 
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    brookg , June 11, 2009 11:56 PM
    I used to write little cracks/hacks that would open up all the channels for viewing on a popular sat tv provider network.

    does that count?
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    curnel_D , June 12, 2009 12:00 AM
    Mrhappy50I plead the fifth

    'zactly
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    anamaniac , June 12, 2009 12:01 AM
    Through all I'm concerned, a hack is something significant and symbolical. Like breaking into the pentagon for the plans to a jet or setting every account in a bank to $0.00 through exploitation. Or maybe just getting into your neighbors computer through his Wifi and putting homosexual pornographic content as the desktop (which is always fun). Those who make video game cracks are hackers, those who use them are only pirates.

    What I do is pirate and mod, not hack.
    Putting OS X on a PC is just a mod.
    Overclocking is just modding.
    Illegal windows installs are rather easy... and is only pirating (in most cases).
    Jailbreaking is just using a pre set instruciton lead you how. The originals who did it were hackers, but only them.
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    Hard Line , June 12, 2009 12:05 AM
    i hacked my tom tom, mio c320, my lg 8300 and my linksys wrt54G ver 3 router and put ddwrt on it.. is that good? or am i thinking somethign different here?
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    nugnamnivek , June 12, 2009 12:08 AM
    Hacked the crap outta my PSP. Then again it really isnt worth buying one if you dont. Same with my Ipod, and original xbox. Im used a pirated copy of windows vista ultimate if that counts but that was only until windows 7 beta came out, and im using rc1 right now (love it by the way). I think things like the psp and Ipod should be modded whenever possible since you have to buy them to begin with. Software on the other hand needs to be purchased, although Windows Vista for free was somthing i did and enjoyed but it all started as an experiment to see if i liked it given all the horrible publicity, then i found out 7 was gonna be realeased and didnt wanna waste the cash on vista.......hey, im human.
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    kittle , June 12, 2009 12:13 AM
    Hack? or "target of opportunity"

    back in high school, my PC lab teacher gave me a disk to copy something onto for him. Said disk had a file called "locker.dat" I grabbed a copy of that for myself & gave the disk back. It turned out to be the locker combinations for 1/3 the lockers in my high school.
    Eventually it got out & the consequences were not fun :( 

    but if writing stuff to edit saved game files for PC games counts -- then I did that quite a bit.
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    Anonymous , June 12, 2009 12:28 AM
    I was being considered for a job as an "ethical hacker" based on my reputation as a jack-of-all trades in IT. I have sufficient knowledge of A+/Networking/C++/C#.NET/SQL to do it, but I'd never had an interest in hacking previously and didn't have a working knowledge of any exploits(other than the obvious ones). I may or may not have enjoyed the job, but dam n, that would've looked awesome on my resume.
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    chyll2 , June 12, 2009 12:30 AM
    hacked and cheat my way in our Tantra MMORPG.(in which at that time is very hackable) :D 
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    mcnuggetofdeath , June 12, 2009 12:34 AM
    Homebrew on my PSP, messed around with packet sniffing but never really got into it, lots of browser shenanigans with about:config, tried to avoid hardcore illegal stuff. Some minor cracks on pirated stuff, but realized modifying open source stuff was just as effective and less injurious to my freedom. Got really into overclocking as was mentioned earlier, and modded the sidewall on my case. So yeah. mostly "modding"
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    Anonymous , June 12, 2009 12:43 AM
    The first rule of fight club...
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    mcnuggetofdeath , June 12, 2009 12:44 AM
    sorry for the double post, but saw someone mention screwing around with their High School's security. For trying to be a nice guy and pointing out security issues ( Id noticed how easy it was to get at a teachers personal folder, and feared for my own projects, files etc ) I was initially ignored, then threatened when I showed them i wasn't making stuff up. I got localized administrative access, then modified access privileges to specific folders, and boom I was grabbing stuff from and writing to the teachers folders and the school server. Let me make it clear, im a hardware guy. I was bored one day and spent a total of five minutes on google for simple ways to gain admin rights. The rest was just me screwing around. Suffice it to say they threatened to put me in an alternative High School, So I stopped showing them the holes in their system and resigned myself to blocking their ability to watch what i did with various applications, like i said admin access was easy so messing with stuff in program files was a joke by in comparison to permissions. Then proceeded to spend my time on tomshardware, lifehacker, engadget, etc.
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    estanenmi , June 12, 2009 12:54 AM
    yeah!! wireless, cablemodem, router of my cable company, porn, cell phone, mexican highways, xbox, psp, ds, my current os, all software on my computer.. pirateria rulzzz.. mexico freedom,
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    JMS3096 , June 12, 2009 12:57 AM
    Let's see...probably my greatest hack was setting up a VPN from school to home using randomly rotating ports so that I couldn't be blocked, remote desktopping into my home system through the link, then using it to bring in some specialised tools to prevent the SCHOOL'S RDP client, designed to watch us, from keeping track of what I was doing. My tool basically told the VNC server that was running on each computer at school that the computers screen resolution was 100,000x100,000. Basically, that meant that even if the admin was viewing what i was doing at full screen, my entire workstation was rendered as a tiny rectangle 10x7 pixels in size. Not only that, but the program also used distributed computing throughout the school district computers to render random desktops, the same size, to fill up the rest of the virtual screen. So, the admin could never have any idea what I was doing. Besides this, I piped that same image through a couple other computers to show on the viewer so that not only could he not see what I was doing, he couldn't even see who I was or what terminal I was using.


    And if you believe that, I have the final source code for Windows 8 to sell you.
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    Anonymous , June 12, 2009 12:58 AM
    i hacked into my would-be nigerian scammer´s email account. does that count?
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