Ethical hackers, a growing band of computer professionals, use their skills to work out of hours on projects benefitting society.
Don Christie, founder and director of Wellington’s largest open source service and cloud computing service provider Catalyst, is happy if developers and other IT professionals working for the firm moonlight as hackers.
Thanks to the media, hacker is a term usually associated with people who do bad things with computers. However, the word has taken on a more positive meaning in technology circles. In that world hacking is the art of taking things apart, then putting them back together in ways that are better or where they do something that was never the original designer’s intent.
I wrote a fuller version of this story (no longer online) for the ANZ Bank’s Your World site: Meet the weekend ethical hackers.