My interest started in the early 2000’s. I was introduced to a chat program called IRC (mIRC). Sharing peer to peer was a huge aspect of the community. So I started to learn how to code simple scripts to run local fileservers, then bots to add search abilities (scalability), then shells to run remote processes. Time passed and I became interested in rooting servers for their bandwidth and storage. None of it was malicious and I never stole money or propriety information, it was all based in curiosity. Right around this time I was graduating college (non IT degree). I was becoming disenfranchised realizing how it all came down to money. All of the community members I came up with started “hacking” for real, for monetary purposes. Or becoming freelance pen testers. If I went to school for IT I might have turned it into a career.
. Fast forward 10+ years with no coding and I feel lost. Software became apps, IOT blew up, languages that used to be super vulnerable (Java) are now a must learn languages. Ether makes me feel like there is a purpose greater then myself again. Like this can really be a once in a lifetime technology I have the opportunity to participate in.