Cracking Or Hacking

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Wise Old Owl
Cracking - Breaking into a computer or network with malicious intent i.e. stealing/destroying/corrupting data.

Hacking - Breaking into a computer or network to find security loopholes so that they can be plugged before they are exploited by a cracker.

Generally people think a hacker is someone who breaks into a computer with destructive intent but it's not so.


Cyborg Agent
I hope you'd have understood what the difference was between hacking and cracking. Most coders and network / sysadmins are hackers, in the technical sense of the word. There is another term called scriptkiddie, where a person (typically a show-off teen) gets third party cracking programs and tries to show off to everyone how he's a super l33t cracker. Scriptkiddies have no technical know-how beyond the very basics. Do note that a lot of professionals will take serious offense if you make a mistake with a hacker/cracker. :D When it comes to hacking and cracking as topics for a forum, if this is gonna be something on ethical hacking and wont feature tutorials, links or any shortcuts, its OK. Cracking is what will get this thread locked faster than you can say "rootkit."


cracking -> a maliciuos thing, with evil intentions!
hacking -> an ethical thing, to secure the environment!

You can say that ur often hacked by ur ISP ! and dat's true!
coz all data all, packets pass thru their machine! Got Dat!


Google Says

Definitions of cracking on the Web:

crack: a sudden sharp noise; "the crack of a whip"; "he heard the cracking of the ice"; "he can hear the snap of a twig"
fracture: the act of cracking something
the process whereby heavy molecules of naphtha or petroleum are broken down into hydrocarbons of lower molecular weight (especially in the oil-refining process)
bang-up: very good; "he did a bully job"; "a neat sports car"; "had a great time at the party"; "you look simply smashing"

In petroleum geology and chemistry, cracking is the process whereby complex organic molecules (e.g. kerogens) are converted to simpler molecules (e.g. hydrocarbons) by the breaking of carbon-carbon bonds in the precursors. The rate of cracking and the end products is strongly dependent on the temperature and presence of any catalysts.

Breaks in a coating that extend through to the underlying surface.

The process of breaking down the larger, heavier and more complex hydrocarbon molecules into simpler and lighter molecules, thus increasing the gasoline yield from crude oil. Cracking is done by application of heat and pressure, and in modern time the use of a catalytic agent.

The refinery process in which large, heavy, complex hydrocarbon molecules are broken down into simpler and lighter molecules in order to derive a variety of fuel products.

The act of breaking into a computer system.


1. The breaking down of heavier hydrocarbons by heat and pressure or by catalysts into lighter hydrocarbons of lower molecular weight, for example gasoline from petroleum. 2. Paint defect brought about by improper material mixtures.

visible cracks in an overlay indicating cracks in the concrete underneath

Illegally gaining entry to a computer or computer network in order to do harm.

The process of breaking large molecules into smaller ones using heat, steam or catalysts – used in processing oil

Illegally accessing source code. Cracking also refers to other illegal activities, like copying video or music. Among computer programmers, hacking is skillful programming, while cracking is malicious. Open source software can't be "cracked" because it's already open. Also called "black hat hacking." More: "More about source code"

A coating defect consisting of a break in the cured film which exposes the bare substrate. Cracking usually occurs during fabrication of the coated plate when the coating is too brittle or the adhesion is too low.

breakline occurring where sheets of paper are folded. reference/glossary of papermaking terms.htm

a process whereby large molecules of petrolum components are broken down to smaller ones by breaking carbon-carbon bonds

The time when the soil above the emerging crop seedlings is beginning to crack.

Appears as a series of jagged "breaks" or "tears" in the paint, generally accompanied by some degree of separation.

a breakdown in which cracks penetrate at least one coat of an ink layer and which may be expected to result ultimately in complete failure.

Coating defect: splitting of a coating film as a result of aging, formation of internal stresses or deformation of substrates. See Crazing

Generally, the splitting of a film surface. The following terms are used to denote the nature and extent of this defect:

A term used when the electoral strength of a particular group is divided by a redistricting plan.

To copy commercial software illegally by breaking (cracking) the various copy-protection and registration techniques being used. Crackers are looked down upon by real hackers and they are the ones seen on the news for causing billions of dollars in damages.

the process of breaking down larger molecules of hydrocarbons into smaller ones. When this is done by heating the oil it is known as ‘thermal cracking’. If a catalyst is used it is known as ‘catalytic cracking’.

A fillable break in the surface, not major, not self curing.

Breaking up of the coating film. Varying in size from very fine cracks (Crizzle) to very large cracks (Alligatoring). Usually penetrates the entire film thickness.

a person or program that attempts to defeat or bypass security measures in software (or hardware). There are some legitimate uses for "crackers" --- indeed, most web administrators should know about these techniques, in order to defend against them. Computer security professionals make their living by attempting to crack into working systems --- this is known as a "security audit." Mandatory contrast/see also "Hacker/Hacking."

The splitting of a dry paint or varnish film, usually a result of aging or movement of the substrate. Different forms are hair-line cracking, checking, crazing, grain cracking, or alligatoring.

Definitions of Hacking on the Web:
Unauthorized access to or use of data, systems, server or networks, including any attempt to probe, scan or test the vulnerability of a system, server or network or to breach security or authentication measures without express authorization of the owner of the system, server or network.

kicking an opponent's legs.

Unauthorized use, or attempts to circumvent or bypass the security mechanisms of an information system or network.

Stacking brick to fire in a kiln.

In wildlife management, the technique of rearing young birds in the wild by human hand, in the absence of their parents, with the hope that after the young fledge and reach adulthood, they will return to breed in their natal site. In Ligonier, PA, a group of sportsman color-banded 25 Purple Martin nestlings and tried hacking them. The following year, only one returned, but didn't remain at the natal site to breed. Hacking is not a practical technique for establishing new martin colony sites since most martin nestlings disperse from their natal sites to breed, and because they

process of raising captive-bred birds in special cadges that limit human contact before release into the wild.

Intimidation, overhandling, excessive repetition of a command.

Writing computer programs or stretching the limits of existing programs and/or using a computer to break into other computer systems, often illegally.

The unauthorized access to a computer system.

Hacking means illegally accessing other people's computer systems for destroying, disrupting or carrying out illegal activities on the network or computer systems.

is the process of writing code for, or contributing code to, a piece of software.

this is a term that has, rather unfortunately, been used interchangeably with "Cracker/cracking" to the annoyance of many a "computer geek." "Hacking" generally refers to making hardware and software work --- so, "hackers" are software developers, computer programmers, webmasters, etc. We would respectfully ask that the general public use the term "crackers" or "badguyz" (and there are several others) to refer to malicious Internet/computer users and persons engaging in fraudulent activities. There is not room in this document for a complete discussion on this issue --- we recommend you check out the jargon file instead.

Practice of raising animals in captivity, acclimating them to natural conditions and then releasing them into the wild (referred to in regard to bald eagles).

1. The procedure of stacking brick in a kiln or on a kiln car. 2. Laying brick with the bottom edge set in from the plane surface of the wall.

this is the process of gaining access to someone else’s data without their permission. A hacker is a person who tries to break into a secure computer system.

the process of illegally breaking into other computer systems to damage and/or steal information.



The Photoshop Guy
There is another type of cracking i.e. braking into the software protection.

..:: peace ::..


why need title?
devilhead_satish said:
In simple language
Hack ----Good boy!
Crack -----Bad boy!

:shock: wat does that post mean?? :? u say hack is gud boy.. so if i hack your online bank transaction id and pass.. am i a gud guy? :wink:


i suggest u guys stick to the topic and post only if u know what the diff is ....

apart from that im sure its been covered well n good already !


bharathbala2003 said:
devilhead_satish said:
In simple language
Hack ----Good boy!
Crack -----Bad boy!

:shock: wat does that post mean?? :? u say hack is gud boy.. so if i hack your online bank transaction id and pass.. am i a gud guy? :wink:

You are a cracker than not hacker!!!
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