Meaning of hack according to Indian IT Act 2000
I am doing this course in IPR laws by NLSIU. Hence I was going through the India IT ACT 2000. There I found the definition for Hack and Hacking.Like any other main stream media journalists these guys (law makers) wrongly use the words hack and hacker. Instead of crack and cracker ( cracking).
This is the extract from the The Gazette Of India.
66.Hacking with computer system.
(1)Whoever with the intent to cause or knowing that he is likely to cause wrongful
loss or damage to the public or any person destroys or deletes or alters any information
residing in a computer resource or diminishes its value or utility or affects it injuriously by any means, commits hack:
(2) Whoever commits hacking shall be punished with imprisonment up to three years,
or with fine which may extend upto two lakh rupees, or with both.
The definition from wekipedia.com
…..The initial hacker community at MIT, particularly those associated with the Tech Model Railroad Club, applied this pre-existing local slang to computer programming, producing the variant which first came into common use outside MIT. A “hack” now meant a clever or quick fix to a computer program problem, as in “That hack you made last night to the editor is working well”. A hacker came into the lexicon as meaning one who hacks, using this definition. The surface implication (which might be a modest mocking and play on the literary definition) was a casual attempt to fix the problem, but the deeper meaning was something more clever and thus impressive…..
Also from wekipedia
The negative usage of hacker is one who exploits systems or gains unauthorized access through clever tactics and detailed knowledge, that is, through the use of a hack. However, because most hacks do not exploit systems or gain unauthorized access, most people who have enough technical skill to produce clever hacks consider the use of the word hacker in this sense to be bigotry. Malicious hackers in this sense are often called black hat hackers, but it is more appropriate to call them crackers as this is a term which distinguishes the exploitation of security weaknesses from hacking in general. The opposite term of black hat hackers, White hat…..
I don’t know if this will get corrected any time. But as of now Hacker has a negative image in India.