Tools vs. talent13/08/2007 Written by Jakub Maslowski
Today security industry is as interesting as never before and people are into it for different reasons. Some of us are into it because of endless opportunity to learn, some are because that special knowledge can gain them fame, then there are people with malicious intentions, and finally there are people doing it for cash.
While its not our job to tell you who is bad and who is not we often think about future of this “business”. Researching takes up time, and time is cash, it also require knowledge and experience.
But is the talent and as we called it before — special knowledge — really required in security?
Different people have different opinions, but you have to admit that searching and exploiting bugs or flaws has become easier nowadays, much easier then it was year or two ago. Potentially researcher can now choose from multiple of applications that were crafted to help doing that time-consuming job.
“Immunity Debugger is a powerful new way to write exploits, analyze malware, and reverse engineer binary files…
*Cuts exploit development time by 50%*Simple, understandable interfaces
*Connectivity to fuzzers and exploit development tools…
Don’t forget there are many of such tools doing (some of the) job for you, not to mention tons of on-line guides and FAQ’s in various topics in security…”
So, is “hacking” really that hard? Is it really meant for geeks? Or is it becoming a chance to get cash, fame or whatever else with few mouse clicks?
Talent, anyway, is needed in hacking. And no tool can replace it.