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Getting Your Start Because You Wanted to Get Paid For Hacking
From: dninja at gmail.com (Robin Wood)
Date: Fri, 15 May 2009 17:15:57 +0100

I quit my last permanent job because I wanted to get paid for security
work. I did some basic security tests for them while working there,
decided I liked it but the company didn't see doing security tests as
part of their normal work so couldn't encourage me. I figured that
going freelance would give me a chance to make some money out of
security and 4 years later it seems to be finally paying off!

If anyone wants to give me any paid freelance work please get in touch!

Robin

2009/5/15 Matt Hillman <cybereagle at gmail.com>:
I definitely got into the industry because I wanted to get paid to enjoy my
hobby. You spend a large portion of your life doing your job, so if you can
make it something you enjoy! I find it strange some people consider this
selling out. my hobby slotted almost seamlessly into my work, and I still
don't draw a very solid line between the two.


On Fri, May 15, 2009 at 1:42 PM, Raffi Jamgotchian <raffi at flossyourmind.com>
wrote:

My experience mirrors yours. After wardialing for BBSes, I ran one off
of a 'teenage line' as we called it back then. Wrote some BBS software
that sucked. After entering the workforce, outside email was
introduced to our ccMail system which I did over an serial connection
between a standalone PC that would connect to the Internet over ISDN
and finger the ISPs POP server.
People wanted to browse (this is 1995-6) so we bought a Sun Sparc
workstation and checkpoint and it was my job to set it up and harden it.

The only time that we were hacked (that I know of!) is during a
pentest they found a modem connected to a conference bridge system
running NT4 and an unsecure PCAnywhere that the vendor left on.

----
Raffi

On May 14, 2009, at 8:20 PM, Chris Merkel <cmerkel at gmail.com> wrote:

A variation on that other thread. I didn't get my start in infosec
because I got hacked. I was a huge (beige hat) fan of the movie War
Games, if you catch my drift.

BBSs, tymnet, telenet (no, that's not a typo kids...) and other random
x.25 links found via wardialing were my first playgrounds. I remember
one day, as the sun rose on a typical all-nighter, I said to myself
"Cool, I just taught myself how to use DEC VMS, I bet I'd be good at a
job working with computers..."

So, who got into IT in the hopes that they could one day start getting
paid for something they had done for fun in the past? (And is willing
to admit it ;-)

I did - it's still a lot of fun, though there's a lot more paperwork
involved.


--
- Chris Merkel
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