For us ethical hackers, its so important to have a code and I don’t mean any kind of programming language. We need a code of conduct. One we all subscribe to and one if we breach, its considered the unforgivable sin.
I also really like the Lord of the Rings and it was always very interesting to me about Saruman. He was the leader of the wizards and he thought it was wise to study the dark ways of the enemy. His logic was, if you understood the dark side, then you could defeat it. Unfortunately, in his studies he ended up being seduced by the same thing he was trying to defeat. It so important to not let that happen.
I can get into most people’s emails that I live or work with. Do I? No way! Because that would be a breach of my code of honor. Can you resist the temptation? What if you think your girlfriend or spouse might be flirting with someone? Would you hack their email? Maybe you are worried your boss is thinking something negative about you or you just want to see if that other person in your department makes the same money as you.
I guess my point is, as you get more skilled as a hacker, you might get tempted to go to the dark side. I have only one word of advice and that is DON’T! If you do, it’s a journey that most likely will ruin your life and hurt the idea of what we are about.
Please believe me when I say I could give you a number of stories and they always turn out very bad.