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How many Hackers do you believe exist in the world today?

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posted on Apr, 20 2012 @ 09:13 PM
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So, I am curious, How many hackers do you believe exist in the world today? I have looked for online statistics, but that doesn't tell me anything about hackers. Only how many people in the world there really are. which is over 7 billion. So, I have an estimation of 1.4 billion hackers. But according to some, it seems too high. So, I figured I would come here and see what you guys think.

7 Billion people
106 million computers

Like, what kind of math problem would you come up with to determine the amount of hackers, unwilling participants and bots to make up a figure of a hacking community?


If there is a website with statistics, point me to it please.

Thank you.

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posted on Apr, 20 2012 @ 09:30 PM
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It depends who defines what a hacker is.

I dropped one of those download manager exe's into notepad to see whether there were any visible url's and there were. I typed one into my browser and ended up on a webpage that listed MOD DOE and LOCKHEED MARTIN stuff. I left as quick as I could, does that make me a hacker?



posted on Apr, 20 2012 @ 09:34 PM
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There is literally over 9000. I personally know one for sure. My mom is a hacker.

Well she might not be a real hacker. But that will be my story if the fbi ever comes to my house to arrest anyone.



posted on Apr, 20 2012 @ 09:35 PM
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No, But you may be unwilling participant.


So it's going to be impossible to come up a ball park figure.



posted on Apr, 20 2012 @ 09:58 PM
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Ok here my quess

100 - 200 real Hacker

1,000 - 3,000 Want to be learning and being taken down

10,000 - 20,000 that do DDOS and think there hacker


100,000 to 500,000 BotNet that are control by most Hacker and a few Want to be



posted on Apr, 20 2012 @ 10:03 PM
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Originally posted by Trillium
Ok here my quess

100 - 200 real Hacker

1,000 - 3,000 Want to be learning and being taken down

10,000 - 20,000 that do DDOS and think there hacker


100,000 to 500,000 BotNet that are control by most Hacker and a few Want to be




But I doubt out of 7 Billion people worldwide, that there would only be 100-200 people out of the bunch that are true hackers. That seems very low.

Not bad but I actually have to find a source to cite it.



I like your statistics better.
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posted on Apr, 20 2012 @ 10:19 PM
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Originally posted by Trillium
Ok here my quess

100 - 200 real Hacker

1,000 - 3,000 Want to be learning and being taken down

10,000 - 20,000 that do DDOS and think there hacker


100,000 to 500,000 BotNet that are control by most Hacker and a few Want to be




Yep, I think thats about right. Real hacking requires enormous knowledge on both software and hardware.



posted on Apr, 20 2012 @ 10:37 PM
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infosecisland.com...

Some Chinese hackers are being trained at schools like the Communication Command Academy in Wuhan (the capital of Hubei province). Based on some research by the U.S. intelligence, the total number of registered hackers in China is approaching 400,000.

WOW my number may be a bit low

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posted on Apr, 20 2012 @ 10:51 PM
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Where are they coming up with those figures? For all I know they could just be posting numbers.



posted on Apr, 21 2012 @ 05:55 AM
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Originally posted by emberscott
There is literally over 9000. I personally know one for sure. My mom is a hacker.

Well she might not be a real hacker. But that will be my story if the fbi ever comes to my house to arrest anyone.


What's your mom's power level?
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posted on Apr, 21 2012 @ 06:14 AM
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lol, now you switched the forum figures on me.


That's only china, I need everybody.


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posted on Apr, 21 2012 @ 09:12 AM
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First of all, "Hacker" is a misnomer. A Computer Hacker, such as myself, is basically a Computer Hobbyist, one who likes to build and configure their own machine from parts, one who likes to delve into software problems and find a fix themselves. This is true even if the hobbyist runs Windows.

I think what you are talking about is a Cracker. These people are the ones who attempt to break into computers, steal information, and cause trouble, although the public has benefited from certain Crackers when it comes to secret information.



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