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18 February 2005

How to tell if your teenager is a h4x0r

Continuing in the paranoid 'How to tell if your teenager is...' tradition, Microsoft has produced A parent's primer to computer slang (via The Register):

The first series is of particular concern, as their use could be an indicator that your teenager is involved in the theft of intellectual property, particularly licensed software.

Leet words possibly indicating illegal activity:

  • "warez" or "w4r3z": Illegally copied software available for download.
  • "h4x": Read as "hacks," or what a computer hacker does.
  • "sploitz" (short for exploits): Vulnerabilities in computer software used by hackers.
  • "pwn": A typo-deliberate version of own, a slang term that means to dominate. This could also be spelled "0\/\/n3d" or "pwn3d," among other variations. Online video game bullies or "griefers" often use this term.

  • See also: The RIAA's Are Your Kids Breaking the Law When They Log On? Downloading Music and Movies May Be Easy and Fun, But Not When It's Illegal

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