From: Ontario, Canada
|yeah, i can't reply to either posts, but anyways....
hacking is just playing and learning. cracking, yes it's illegal but if you're developing software professionally, you need to know how to do it. no, i'm not saying to go out and break into someone's server, but you need to know how to secure your programs. if you can break it, then you know how to prevent someone else from breaking it. so yeah, thats my opinion
Oh yeah, and to my knowledge, phreaking isn't as big as it was in say the 90's and a ton of vulnerabilities have been protected against. someone can correct me if i'm wrong here though.