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    Please Help!

    I’m a psychology student, and I’m trying to find out some information about hackers and crackers for a research project I’m doing.

    In particular, I’m interested in ethics and interpersonal relations. I’ve got a questionnaire all ready to go, and just need a few people to fill it in.

    Any information you give me won’t be passed on to anyone, and you can remain completely anonymous. The data I collect will be amalgamated, and no single individual will be identifiable from the report I produce at the end of my project. All information will be held in the highest confidence.

    So please take a look at my questionnaire, if you have the time. I’ve attached it to the end of this message. If you are interested in filling it in, you may still back out at any stage, and I’ll remove your data from the work. You can also refuse to answer any question which makes you feel uncomfortable.

    You can e-mail your completed questionnaire to me at researcher@oceanfree.net - or you can just drop me a line if you’ve got any questions about the work.

    Thanks, and Happy Holidays!

    Researcher



    Questionnaire

    1. Are you a white hat or a black hat (cracker)?

    2. Where are you based (state/country)?

    3. Are you male or female?

    4. Can I ask for your month and year of birth?

    5. Are you still in school or college? If so, at what stage are you at?

    6. If you are doing or have completed a college course, what subjects are/were studied?

    7. What do you currently work as?

    8. Do you regularly go to the cinema/theatre/museums/sports games/other places of interest?

    9. Do you play any sports?

    10. Are you a member of any local community groups/organisations?

    11. Do you enjoy travelling regularly?

    12. Apart from computers, do you have any other hobbies or interests?

    13. Do you hack mostly using a PC or a mac?

    14. Is it a stand-alone computer or is it networked through a work/school/college system?

    15. If it’s stand-alone, do you use a traditional phone line or broadband/ISDN/DSL?

    16. Can you outline the specifications of the computer you use for hacking (type and speed of processor/operating system used)

    17. How long have you been a hacker?

    18. Have you ever made any attempts at cracking, and if so, how many?

    a. How many of these attempts have been against companies?
    b. How many of these attempts have been against private computers?
    c. Did you have specific targets in mind when making these attempts, or were your victims chosen due to pure chance/availability?
    d. What is your preferred method for cracking into systems?
    e. Why do you crack into computers?
    f. Do you think that there is anything the police or government could do to prevent you from making further cracking attempts?
    g. Do you think that other crackers do so for the same reasons you do and if not why?
    h. Do you consider yourself to be one of the better crackers around?


    19. Where did you learn how to hack?

    20. How efficient do you think firewall software is at protecting computers on a scale of one (not efficient at all) to ten (very efficient)?

    21. How many people are in your immediate family?

    22. On a scale of 1 to 10 (one being very weak and 10 being very strong) how would you rate your relationships with each of your immediate family members?

    23. Are you currently involved in a romantic relationship?

    24. Of your friends you know in real life, how many would be involved in either cracking or virus writing?

    25. How many are not involved in either cracking or virus-writing?

    26. Which group would you consider closer to you?

    27. How do you think that people you know in real life would describe you?

    28. Do you regularly communicate with crackers online? Approximately how many?

    29. Do you regularly communicate with virus-writers online? Approximately how many?

    30. How do you think people on-line would describe you?

    31. Do you think that this description is more or less accurate than that of those people you know in real life?

    32. Do you generally feel closer to people you know online, or people you know in real life?

    33. On a scale of 1 to 10 (one being very little, ten being a great deal), how much respect do you have for crackers?

    34. Why do you think people write and release viruses?

    35. Are virus writers any good at what they do?

    36. On a scale of 1 to 10 (one being very little, ten being a great deal), how much respect do you have for virus writers?

    37. Do you think that general computer users deserve to be the victim of a cracking attempt?

    38. On a scale of 1 to 10 (one being very little, ten being a great deal), how much respect do you have for general computer users?

    39. Do you think that major software developers deserve to be the victim of a cracking attempt?

    40. On a scale of 1 to 10 (one being very little, ten being a great deal) how much respect to you have for major software developers?

    41. How many times in the past year have you had direct conflicts with family members and/or colleagues?

    42. How many colleagues and/or family members have you rejected in your own mind (without telling them) during the past year?


    For the remainder of the questions, please answer on the following scale according to how much you agree or disagree with each statement:

    1 = Strongly Agree
    2 = Agree
    3 = Neither Agree nor Disagree
    4 = Disagree
    5 = Strongly Disagree



    43. I have the very same understanding of life and life interests that my spouse (or lover) has.

    44. I trust my spouse (or lover)

    45. I depend on my spouse (or lover) emotionally

    46. My spouse and I have harmonious sexual relations

    47. I have a stressful relationship with my family members

    48. I often feel lonely even though I live among family members and colleagues

    49. I get along well with my colleagues

    50. I often feel uneasy because of my poor relationships with family members and colleagues

    51. I am always in a bad mood for a long time after I have disagreements with colleagues

    52. It is easy for me to engage in a quarrel with others

    53. I feel that many people are biased against me

    54. Whenever I face pressures in life, I feel that there are always people offering me moral support

    55. I find it easy to make friends and maintain friendships

    56. I am always on the alert against hurts from others

    57. I have more fun when I am alone than when I am with other people

    58. I feel that nobody truly loves me

    59. I spend more time alone than with others

    60. I seldom share with others the frustration and difficulties in my heart

    61. The members of my family are really concerned about each other.

    62. When it is necessary, I can rely on my family to overcome difficulties

    63. I feel that as time has passed, people have become distant from each other

    64. I feel that as time has passed, my interactions with other people have become more and more difficult.

    65. A person should make certain that their actions never intentionally harm another even to a small degree

    66. Risks to another should never be tolerated, irrespective of how small the risks might be

    67. The existence of potential harm to others is always wrong, irrespective of the benefits to be gained

    68. One should never psychologically or physically harm another person

    69. One should not perform an action which might in any way threaten the dignity and welfare of another individual.

    70. If an action could harm an innocent other, then it should not be done.

    71. Deciding whether or not to perform an act by balancing the positive consequences of the act against the negative consequences of the act is immoral.

    72. The dignity and welfare of people should be the most important concern in any society.

    73. It is never necessary to sacrifice the welfare of others

    74. Moral actions are those which closely match ideals of the most ‘perfect’ action.

    75. There are no ethical principles that are so important that they should be a part of any code of ethics

    76. What is ethical varies from one situation and society to another

    77. Moral standards should be seen as being individualistic; what one person considers to be moral may be judged to be immoral by another person.

    78. Different types of moralities cannot be compared as to ‘rightness’

    79. Questions of what is ethical for everyone can never be resolved since what is moral or immoral is up to the individual

    80. Moral standards are simply personal rules which indicate how a person should behave, and are not to be applied in making judgements of others

    81. No rule concerning lying can be formulated; whether a lie is permissible or not permissible totally depends on the situation.

    82. Whether a lie is judged to be moral or immoral depends upon the circumstances surrounding the action.

    83. Ethical considerations in interpersonal relations are so complex that individuals should be allowed to formulate their own individual codes

    84. Rigidly codifying an ethical position that prevents certain types of actions could stand in the way of better human relations and adjustment

  • #2
    Originally posted by researcher
    I’m a psychology student, and I’m trying to find out some information about hackers and crackers for a research project I’m doing.
    so... what do we get for making your grade?

    Originally posted by researcher
    1. Are you a white hat or a black hat (cracker)?
    Hats are stupid. Movies like them. Media like them. I used to where a TOOL hat.. but then either it expanded or my head shrunk and it didn't fit as well. I prefer a decent length of hair with varying shades of facial stature.

    Originally posted by researcher
    2. Where are you based (state/country)?
    USoA&stuff

    Originally posted by researcher
    3. Are you male or female?
    Yes

    Originally posted by researcher
    4. Can I ask for your month and year of birth?
    Sure you can. I probably won't answer in public or to a stranger asking questions of personal caliber for a plausible research paper.

    Originally posted by researcher
    5. Are you still in school or college? If so, at what stage are you at?
    Of course. Right now I'm at the stage where you realize that all undergraduate work, at least with colleges that most Americans can afford, is total bullshit. Graduate work lies somewhere in the balance between time, money, and an employer saying they want me to go through the hassle.

    Originally posted by researcher
    6. If you are doing or have completed a college course, what subjects are/were studied?
    History, Writing, Music, glue, Computers, Accounting, Business, humans, Politics, cows.. and more

    Originally posted by researcher
    7. What do you currently work as?
    Someone with an insanely strong work ethic, exceptional skill, absolutely no one taking my potential for what it is worth except for companies desiring to enslave me at substandard wages while taking full benefit of my hard work using promotion as a golden carrot.

    Originally posted by researcher
    8. Do you regularly go to the cinema/theatre/museums/sports games/other places of interest?
    Of course... surely everyone alive still has some sort of place of interest. Some include those mentioned above

    Originally posted by researcher
    9. Do you play any sports?
    Not particularly, although have played would be a great generality to agree upon.

    Originally posted by researcher
    10. Are you a member of any local community groups/organisations?
    Yes.

    Originally posted by researcher
    11. Do you enjoy travelling regularly?
    Sure.

    Originally posted by researcher
    12. Apart from computers, do you have any other hobbies or interests?
    Yes.

    Originally posted by researcher
    13. Do you hack mostly using a PC or a mac?
    Yes.

    Originally posted by researcher
    14. Is it a stand-alone computer or is it networked through a work/school/college system?
    Yes.

    Originally posted by researcher
    15. If it’s stand-alone, do you use a traditional phone line or broadband/ISDN/DSL?
    Yes.

    Originally posted by researcher
    16. Can you outline the specifications of the computer you use for hacking (type and speed of processor/operating system used).
    x86 ... mostly anything with a math coprocessor in it, some exceptions made for loveable legacies and other architectures as money tends to dictate. Windows, Unix and its Variants, OS/400, VMS, ... BASIC .. erm...

    Originally posted by researcher
    17. How long have you been a hacker?
    Some might contend 'at birth'. I tend to agree.

    Originally posted by researcher
    18. Have you ever made any attempts at cracking, and if so, how many?
    By cracking do you mean attempts at being a criminal? Of course not. Or do you mean performing functions outside of being on defensive within a completely legal realm of authorization. If so, then yes.

    Originally posted by researcher
    19. Where did you learn how to hack?
    Behind a computer, smoking cigarettes while juggling a nifty little bean ball

    Originally posted by researcher
    20. How efficient do you think firewall software is at protecting computers on a scale of one (not efficient at all) to ten (very efficient)?
    Software firewalls are great. The people that use them have the majority of issues. But surely, all software must run on hardware. So I guess I like hardware firewalls too. They blink and shit.

    Originally posted by researcher
    21. How many people are in your immediate family?
    How immediate? Including me? 2?

    Originally posted by researcher
    22. On a scale of 1 to 10 (one being very weak and 10 being very strong) how would you rate your relationships with each of your immediate family members?
    I have a great relationship with all family members. I stay out of family politics and let them all play that game with each other. ... I personally think it is a good strategy for politics in general.

    Originally posted by researcher
    23. Are you currently involved in a romantic relationship?
    I like to think so. My wife disagrees... but that doesn't matter anyways.

    Originally posted by researcher
    24. Of your friends you know in real life, how many would be involved in either cracking or virus writing?
    Again.. depends on what the hell you mean by 'cracking'. .. Virus writing? thats for bored kids in 3rd world countries.

    Originally posted by researcher
    25. How many are not involved in either cracking or virus-writing?
    Going on the same assumption from an earlier date, all of them. If they were intent on being criminals they would likely no longer be considered much of a friend. If they were intent on being shitty vbs scripters.. I'd probably start ignoring them after smacking them upside the head a couple times.

    Originally posted by researcher
    26. Which group would you consider closer to you?
    Huh? My defcon family.

    Originally posted by researcher
    27. How do you think that people you know in real life would describe you?
    ... I don't know. They don't describe me to myself. .. isn't that generally true about society unless you really piss someone off good?


    .... yeah .. this thing is a little drawn out and other decent things are begging my attention. Good luck on the research. I would suggest better defining some of the ambiguous media words first. Shit.. if I fill this whole thing out I'll have a 30 page thesis already written for you.
    if it gets me nowhere, I'll go there proud; and I'm gonna go there free.

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    • #3
      How about if you are interested in replying to this person's question, just e-mail them at the address provided, lest we create a 200 page forum thread about this.
      Aut disce aut discede

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      • #4
        Originally posted by AlxRogan
        How about if you are interested in replying to this person's question, just e-mail them at the address provided, lest we create a 200 page forum thread about this.
        Here Here!! And would it not be cool if someone added a corollary to the #4 of the Rules about not doing people papers for them. I am not saying this is what this guy wants just that there seems to be alot of first post/threads about teach me how to write my own paper with someone elses ideas.
        Did Everquest teach you that?

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        • #5
          Thing is, theres a difference between some of these people comming here asking us to do their projects for them and situations where we are part of the project. From what I gather from the initial email, he/she's not looking for us to do their research project for them, but rather gathering answers to their questions from us is *Part* of their research.

          I return whatever i wish . Its called FREEDOWM OF RANDOMNESS IN A HECK . CLUSTERED DEFEATED CORn FORUM . Welcome to me

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          • #6
            Originally posted by allentrace
            Here Here!! And would it not be cool if someone added a corollary to the #4 of the Rules about not doing people papers for them.
            I dunno... There's something strangely appealing about these things, since they're an opportunity for everyone to lie through their teeth - with the added bonus of perhaps seeing the paper created from fallacious replies quoted for years to come. Example:

            37. Do you think that general computer users deserve to be the victim of a cracking attempt?

            If they burn better than that crap oxygenated gasoline they sell here, I'm all for it. Hell, I'd use Soylent Unleaded if it meant better performance, cleaner valves, and better MPG figures. Shit, let's start with the children. Someone always wants someone to think of the children; I am, and I see them as a renewable fuel resource for my future rocket car.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by researcher
              trying to find out information about hackers and crackers... I’m interested in ethics and interpersonal relations. I’ve got a questionnaire and need a few people to fill it in.
              Reading posts, only a minority of people here would be considered hackers out of those here who are registered. Assuming everyone reading your survey responds, your results will be biased.

              There is nothing to stop a single person from generating multiple responses from multiple mailboxes.

              Shouldn't you have some sort of published paper on being authorized to conduct this project on human subjects?

              [There are problems with many of your questions, I'm removing all but 5 comments: (When I originally started to reply, AlxRogan's post was not shown.) Now this post has been edited to be about 70% shorter than it was originally]

              1. Are you a white hat or a black hat (cracker)?
              Many consider "hats" to be limiting, but if forced to speak of hats, state they wear many hats. What color are asshats?

              11. Do you enjoy travelling regularly?
              You are asking people in a forum for a yearly event if they travel regularly?

              28. Do you regularly communicate with crackers online? Approximately how many?
              Heh. Tell me how to identify a cracker first.

              34. Why do you think people write and release viruses?
              Source code or binary infected? Useful virus, missing payload or malware?

              35. Are virus writers any good at what they do?
              Hah hah hah hah haah. Funny question. Value judgement of product results or skill in work?
              Last edited by TheCotMan; December 3, 2004, 03:59. Reason: removed issues covered by earlier posts, shorten post, fix paragraph

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              • #8
                Originally posted by AlxRogan
                How about if you are interested in replying to this person's question...
                Sorry man.. I had to make some sort of farcical response while the getting was good. The truncation of the questionaire was intended to point out the extended length of said questionaire... not to set off mods.. I had and have no intention on answering all of that.

                .. besides ... someone has to make a post longer than TheCotMan once in a while :P whaazang!
                if it gets me nowhere, I'll go there proud; and I'm gonna go there free.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by converge
                  .. besides ... someone has to make a post longer than TheCotMan once in a while :P whaazang!
                  Ouch! You wounded my inner child! :-)

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by noid
                    Thing is, theres a difference between some of these people comming here asking us to do their projects for them and situations where we are part of the project. From what I gather from the initial email, he/she's not looking for us to do their research project for them, but rather gathering answers to their questions from us is *Part* of their research.
                    i agree, this does seem to be more research oriented. do a search and you'll see that i'm usually the first to bitch about doing other peoples homework for them...
                    but on topic; that list is really damn long.... is there a cliff-notes version with the 25 most pertinant questions only? I'm sure you'd get more people to read it... let alone answer it....
                    the fresh prince of 1337

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