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. 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."
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" www.cogsci.princeton.edu/cgi-bin/webwn
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.
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. www.maverickenergy.com/lexicon.htm
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. www.yourwebassistant.net/glossary/c18.htm
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" www.netc.org/openoptions/appendices/glossary.html
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. www.weirton.com/glossary/C.html
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 â€˜thermal crackingâ€™. If a catalyst is used it is known as â€˜catalytic crackingâ€™. www.energyinst.org.uk/education/coryton/glossary.htm
A fillable break in the surface, not major, not self curing.
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." www.daleco.biz/help/dictionary.html
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.
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 www.purplemartin.org/main/Terminology.html
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. www.daleco.biz/help/dictionary.html