Cracking is the act of breaking the registration, nag screen, time limits and various other aspects of a piece of software. It is a specialized field which may take several months or even years to master. Supposedly, the act of 'cracking' is a challenge to the cracker rather than an effort to pirate software, and generally benefits the software industry by pushing new development and technologies.
For quicker placement in the directory please follow these Submission Tips:
Title: Name of Site or Organization
Description: This describes the website and should note distinguishing features found on the site without the use of hype, personal pronouns, or repetitive terms.
Please submit websites that discuss cryptography and/or cryptanalysis. Avoid submitting sites that only link to encryption software, those should be submitted to Computers/Security/Products_and_Tools/CryptographyCryptography is the art of creating and using cryptosystems. Cryptosystems are methods of rendering messages such that only a select group of people may read them in the original form. This category contains sites related to cryptography, as well as cryptanalysis (the art of breaking cryptosystems).
Sites on password recovery and/or generation should only be submitted if they are not simply downloads, but provide some kind of discussion on the concepts involved.
Exploits are demonstration software or techniques that illustrate a means of taking advantage of a vulnerability in order to cause software to behave other than expected.
1. Original content only. Please do not post websites which only cover widely documented exploits or "review" them. Tutorials are okay.
2. Nothing illegal. Please only submit exploits or exploit-related sites which behave ethically.
3. No hacking consultants. Please post them in Computers: Security: Consultants in the relevant category.
Please do not submit mirrors. If the zine you wish to be added has not had a new issue released in a long time, please put it into the Non-Maintained subcategory.There is currently no description created for this category.
Websites submitted to this category are required to be in the English language to be accepted here. If not please submit it to the appropriate category in World.This category lists Hacking groups from all over the world.
Please only submit sites here if they are concerned primarily with phreaking. General hack/phreak/crack/virii/anarchy sites are better submitted to Computers/Hacking.This section is concerned with the art of phone phreaking, exploring the telephone system in unusual ways.
Only informational sites should be listed here, not sites that directly distribute pirated programs themselves.Software Piracy is the activity of copying and redistributing software, computer programs, in violation of copyright. Sometimes this involves "cracking", breaking or working around the parts of the program code meant to ensure that no one copies it illegally. Sometimes it just involves making a copy when the agreement says not to. These redistributed pirated programs are often known as Warez. The Open Directory will not list links to sites that are substantially focused on the distribution of illegal materials. The sites listed here discuss the practice, for and against, and some may even provide information on how to do it, or how to find other sites that distribute the software, but these sites do not distribute the material themselves.
The directory guidelines say "Since US law governs the ODP, sites that infringe on US law should not be listed. Copyright infringement, certain kinds of pornography and death threats are illegal." Warez are software copyright violations by definition, so sites that directly distribute them should not be listed.