> Thus spake Rabid Wombat:
> > Never underestimate the enemy, even in his formative years.
> To me, anyway, the phrase `newbie hacker wannabe' doesn't indicate
> that the person is useless, just that they've never done this sort of
> thing before. And want to, for whatever reason.
In my opinion, a person is pretty much predestined as to whether they
have what it takes to be a hacker or not. When you look at the
personality of the 'good' hackers you typically see that they are
inquisitive in nature, enjoy challenges and learning about the
innerworkings of just about anything.
> Also, youth doesn't always equate to cluelessness.
> There _are_, believe it or not, some reasonably bright young folk out
> there. And some of them, sadly, want to wear black hats.
Of course they do! Wearing the 'black hat' has a lot less
restrictions as to what you can and can not do. Plus, the option of
becoming a computer security professional usually isn't too viable of an
option during your teen years. Personally, I started out with interests
in hacking but then realized you can have just as much fun and challenge
working to enhance security systems. Either way it is still you vs. X,
but by being in computer security you usually get to be on the legal