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For years the question has arisen Is hacking legal Now there is an answer found within many corporations throughout the world and it is definitely yes Hackers used to be just people that cause havoc on another persons computer or a network of computers to gain access to secret information or private agreements and the like Today hackers are being hired by major companies to test their software and hardware for holes glitches in the setup to determine how easily other hackers could penetrate History has shown us that hackers will find a way into your network if it is accessible from a telephonemodem connection or if it has cellular phone lines within the company Reformed hackers are able to use the same techniques as they could before but earn a decent living doing so and legally To many experts it seems that hacker-converts may very well be up to no good While they are in a system they might rearrange things leaving a back door for later use But more companies feel that a hacker could help their security problems by showing them the faults in the system and suggesting how to patch these holes The general public however does not accept major companies using hackers as system testers Michigan Bell was inundated with negative publicity when word leaked out in 1989 that it had hired hacker John Maxfield as a security consultant Forbes 40 This was a big problem for the company but surprisingly more hackers were hired with other companies as security consultants with confidential agreements or contracts This rapid uprising in professional legal hackers also brought about an uprising to illegal hacking A company that is willing to hire a hacker could be taking a risk in doing so but could also get an excellent idea of how secure someones data might be from other hackers Law enforcement agents all agree that hackers
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