Some IT security experts are hackers, shocka

Yet another survey of IT security professionals has discovered that half of them aren't adverse to a bit of hacking.

Of those who admitted hacking, 73 per cent said they were doing so to test the strength of their own network's defences, 13 per cent were doing it for giggles and three per cent were having a pop at the competition.

Compiled at this year’s Infosecurity Europe 2010, the survey also found that 31 per cent admitted to being victims of hacking while a shocking 29 per cent said they didn't know if they had ever been hacked.

Barmak Meftah, Chief Products Officer at Fortify Software said, "It would appear organisations are frustrated with insecure off-the-shelf solutions, with many obviously feeling there are few alternatives, as they still purchase them."

He adds: "On the subject of whether hackers can ever be described as having ‘good’ intentions, I’d rather be on the side of a hacker working to bring security vulnerabilities to my attention so that I can fix them before deploying an application that exposes my business to risk."

Of those in the survey that admitted to previous hacking knowledge and experience, 42 per cent said they learnt in their twenties and 14 per cent in their teens. Most learnt to hack at work - 29 per cent - or on the Internet, 26 per cent; at University, 13 per cent. Some eight per cent said they gained their hacking skills while still at school. Eight per cent confessed to getting friends to help them hone their talent.

All of which confirms our suspicions that the whole IT insecurity industry is a self-perpetuating cesspool populated by charlatans determined to make a buck out of fear and ignorance.