By Thomas Claburn
May 7, 2008
Hackers now have their own social network. GnuCitizen, a computer
security consultancy, has set up a social network for hackers called
House of Hackers on Ning.com
"House of Hackers is a social network for hackers," wrote Petko D.
Petkov, founder of GnuCitizen, in a blog post on Tuesday. "From our
perspective, a hacker is a person people express admiration for his/her
work, skills, creative edge, cleverness, uniqueness, intelligence, etc.
WE DO NOT PROMOTE CRIMINAL ACTIVITIES. The network is designed to enable
its members to exchange ideas with each other, communicate, form groups,
elite circles and tiger/red teams, conglomerate around projects and
participate in a hacker recruitment market."
Petkov, who signs his posts PDP, expects that House of Hackers will help
community members form project groups, plan events, find
security-related jobs, and develop applications, plug-ins, and widgets
for the network.
Having been built on the Ning platform, House of Hackers can be extended
using the Google (NSDQ: GOOG)-backed Open Social API.
The House of Hackers main page advises organizations interested in
working the network's hackers for penetration testing and related work
to get in touch. "We can assure you that members of this network will
provide far much better service than any other information security
company out in the market today," the site boasts.
Since Tuesday, House of Hackers has grown from 348 members to about 850.
Among those joining the network, there's a mix of coders and social
engineers. In a thread titled "What do you hack?", a person posting
under the name Hydra acknowledges being a more proficient social
engineer than coder. Hydra explains, "It is far easier to ask users for
their credentials than to try and run an exploit."
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