Rename Black Hat?
Journalists of the publication Zdnet noticed that over the weekend there was a heated discussion in the IB community, which began with a series of tweets by David Kleidermacher, vice president of engineering at Google, responsible for the security of Android and the Google Play Store. He said that he was canceling his speech at the Black Hat USA 2020 conference and said that the terms “black / white hat” were not neutral in his opinion and should be changed.
These changes remove harmful associations, promote inclusion, and help us break down walls of unconscious bias. Not everyone agrees which terms to change, but I feel strongly our language needs to (this one in particular).
– David Kleidermacher (@DaveKSecure) July 3, 2020
In a series of posts, Kleidermacher invited all industry participants to think that concepts such as black hat, white hat and man-in-the-middle need more neutral alternatives. And although the specialist talked about such changes in general, as a result, his statements sounded like a call for a change in the name of the Black Hat conference. Since this conference is one of the largest events in the world dedicated to cybersecurity, Kleidermacher's statement caused a great resonance.
Although some supported Kleidermacher, it turned out that the vast majority of members of the IB community did not share his views, and his statements were at all called ostentatious virtue elevated to absolute. Also, a Google employee was pointed out to the obvious: the terms “black hat” and “white hat” have nothing to do with racism and skin color, because they originate in classic westerns, where the villain usually wore a black hat and the hero a white one. Other users have noted the dualism of black and white, which usually represents good and evil, concepts that existed at the dawn of civilization, long before racism appeared.
Little confused by this whole "Black Hat is racist" argument. The term came from hat colors in western movies, and has nothing to do with race. Coming up with racist connotations for non-racially charged terms, then trying to change them on those grounds just feels wrong.
– MalwareTech (@MalwareTechBlog) July 4, 2020
I'm confused, I thought black and white hats had their basis in old westerns where the goods guys wore the white hats and the villains wore the black. If I'm being ignorant I apologise https://t.co/220EbXzoft
– Fenrir (@semibogan) July 4, 2020
The term “Black Hat” comes from the depiction of a mysterious hacker that stays in the dark, wearing black to avoid drawing attention.
– Azeria (@ Fox0x01) July 4, 2020
Kleidermacher is by no means the first to talk about this issue. More recently, we talked about how, under the influence of Black Lives Matter protests that swept across the United States, the IT community has again returned to discuss inappropriate and offensive terminology, and many developers are currently working to remove such terms from their source code. , applications and online services.
For example, developers recently announced their intention to find alternatives for whitelist / blacklist AndroidProgramming language Golibraries Phpunit and utilities Curl. In turn, the authors of the project Openzfs already working on replacing the terms master / slave used to describe the relationships between storage environments.
Such changes usually include the rejection of the use of the terms master and slave (“master” and “slave”) in favor of alternatives such as main, default, primary and, accordingly, secondary. Also, the well-established concepts of whitelist and blacklist, that is, “black list” and “white list”, are replaced by neutral allow list and deny / exclude list (“list of permissions” and “list of prohibitions / exclusions”).
After that, in early July, developers also reported changes of this kind Linux kernelscompanies Microsoft, LinkedIn, Google and Twitter. They all promised to change the technical language of their products and infrastructure, and get rid of terms such as master, slave, blacklist, whitelist and so on.
Even change logs ✊ pic.twitter.com/n9RiMGEPeU
– Mr.doob (@mrdoob) July 2, 2020
It should be noted separately that Twitter went further than others and found it incorrect to use even terms such as man hours (“man-hours”; it is proposed to replace with “person-hours”) or sanity check (“health check” or, in another context) , “Sanitary check”; it is proposed to replace it with “quick check”, since the word sanity in English can refer to the psyche, mental health, and the term can be read as “check for sanity”).
We’re starting with a set of words we want to move away from using in favor of more inclusive language, such as: pic.twitter.com/6SMGd9celn
– Twitter Engineering (@TwitterEng) July 2, 2020