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March 26, 2010

Man suspected of cracking Twitter accounts: 'I'm a nice hacker'

Posted: 10:42 AM ET

The man accused of cracking a Twitter database and peeking at the Twitter accounts of Barack Obama and Britney Spears said this week that he didn't mean harm, according to a French TV station.

He aimed to prove Twitter is vulnerable to attack.

"I'm not a hacker, or rather, I'm a nice hacker," he said, according to the France 3 station. (via AP)

The man, who is known by the nickname "Hacker Croll," is accused of stealing confidential documents from Twitter employees, and of looking in on the Twitter accounts of the U.S. president and celebrities, according to news reports. He was arrested on Tuesday by French police in cooperation with the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation. If convicted of hacking into a database, he could face up to two years in jail, according to the Agence-France Presse news agency.

The ordeal caught the public's attention in July, when a man calling himself Hacker Croll sent confidential documents from Twitter employees to the technology blog TechCrunch, which decided to publish some of the stolen documents.

What do you think about Hacker Croll's statement? Is there anything laudable about breaking into a system to uncover its faults? Can a person actually be a "good hacker?" Let us know in the comments section.

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Nummer   April 1st, 2010 2:22 pm ET

If you hack a site without permission then your a "black hat" no matter what your intentions are. The punishment is a bit stupid IMHO but some type of punishment should still be deemed appropriate.

However I also feel that a tech company that does not employ it's own in house "white hats" to uncover possible vulnerability is setting itself up to just this kind of penetration whether malicious or not.

DavidG   April 2nd, 2010 10:55 am ET

Penetration Testing or Ethical Hacking is a licensed or legal form of hacking. The problem is, he probably did NOT having a legal contract with twiiter to hack or evaluate their security flaws either from a black hat, white hat or grey hat perspective. Every Pen Test is to evaluate and test their security flaws. Without a legal contract to perform such "ethical hacks" then it is ILLEGAL without consent or permission of the OWNER of the system. If he hacked is OWN system or had a written legal contract stating on which vulnerabilities he could hack and assess vulnerabilities for twitter then he would have no trouble with the law, but sounds like even if he did then he got caught touching systems he shouldnt of been touching. The legal contract for pen testing systems are very strict and specific. If the pen tester goes out side of these specific terms of the contract and gets caught then he can get busted for any number of criminial offenses.

Whether just doing it for fun or to help twitter improve their security, the fact is that he did not have a legal contract to hack twitter which means he will be treated like a criminial until proven guilty or not guilty in court.

The ethical hacking/pen testing legal contracts are basically what rescues you when things go either right or wrong.

Zainab   April 13th, 2010 2:09 pm ET

Waoh great comments. I'm doing a research on the Power dynamics of hacking, basically research on the hacking culture. why they do what they do, if they have any ethics, how they identify themselves, even though they are mostly seen as bad people, and how they relate among each other. I need to do some interviews. I need to interview hackers and people knowledgeable in the whole hacking issue. Is there any one who knows someone interested?

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elisabetha   March 8th, 2011 1:28 am ET

this hacker helps me alot. i would recommend him. his email is superhackerx@gmail. com

cindy   March 1st, 2012 7:16 pm ET is a have been warnes he takes 50% then no proff then demand the rest... pure scam but know worries hackman2 is on him lol...

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