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  • #443400

    I read about many hackers and most common pattern that I have noticed is that, they start very young. Many hackers are teens who hack CIA, DDOS Yahoo and damage systems.

    For example, mark Hutchins who stopped and reverse engineered wanna cry ransomware was so young.

    Also one more thing is that, all of them are statistical genuises. Iq above 140 and all!

  • #443401


    The common pattern is that they stick to it and keep learning and trying. A lot of people spend too much time wishing they started earlier or had the perfect tools. Persistence beats that every time.

  • #443402


    The reason it’s youngsters that are caught trying to “hack” into the CIA, yahoo etc is because the older people aren’t stupid enough to do that

    no knowledge is safe,

    a little knowledge is dangerous,

    a lot of knowledge is uncommon

  • #443403


    Guys check op’s latest posts about ending his life, it’s worrysome to say the least.

  • #443404


    persistence doesn’t have an age limit.

  • #443405


    I learnt from my cousin who is 25

  • #443406


    I am an oddity as I am also female. I followed this pattern for the most part. Never got into trouble. I kept a clean nose for the most part. Plus most of my “hacking” was on electronics, rather than networked things.

    People like to tell these stories as they are “mythical” and hard to repeat. Keeps the whole “hackers are geniuses”. I would argue we are just stubborn. Just want to know why, how and all that.

    The best folks keep going into older age, just legally and with permission. I am over 40 now and I still enjoy trying to push systems, now I do this for a living with full permission. I love my work. Everyday is a joy. That type of attitude is hard to train for, that is a mentality. And I think that is why we get the idea “hackers” have to be young to be good.. NO, if it wasn’t hacking, then it would be something else they/we are passionate about.

  • #443407


    Most people believe that after going to college and earn a degree in something they will suddenly become wicked smart.

    Its funny when a teenager in his/her bedroom cracks the securiry built by the brightest minds in the field.

  • #443408


    Most of those hackers are brilliant. The top of any field typically starts young. But there are plenty of people who start later who can become among the top of their field. They’re always at a disadvantage to those who start early.

    Talent makes it easier to excel to the top – it takes dedication and effort to stay among the top.

    This is true regardless of field.

  • #443409


    I feel like a “late bloomer” because I didn’t start until I went to college at 17.

    One of my “parents” worked for the FBI so phone/computer/television usage was very limited and always supervised.

    Interestingly enough, I’m not even related to the people I thought were my parents.

  • #443410


    Yeah. Anyone can learn they have a talent. The energy of youth helps, but it can be accomplished.

  • #443411


    I’m in my 40s now. But I didn’t officially get into Infosec until I was 39. But in my early 20s was when I got into computers and I’ve been in IT since then. It’s really just all about curiosity and putting in the time to learn. I’m not a genius, I struggle a LOT! I make so many mistakes. But in doing so, I end up learning a lot. Especially when I am coding. I’m still by no means a hacker, but I’m able to do a lot of things in the industry. It’s not all hacking (offensive).

  • #443412


    Regardless of the field, there’s no magic age for getting started.

    IMO one of the biggest lies people tell themselves is: “I can’t do this because I’ve never done it”. There may be a natural aptitude for different subjects, but someone can likely go a long way on the path of proficiency with consistent hard work.

    Hard work may not place someone in the top 1% due to whatever constraints they face, whether those are time, talent, or resource related. However, if it’s a topic said person is interested in then I would be surprised if they were unable to progress to a place where they can derive some joy from whatever level of mastery they’re able to achieve over the subject.

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