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Hackers and Their World

I was bored when I found this piece of literature:

==Phrack Inc.==

Volume One, Issue 7, Phile 3 of 10

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The following was written shortly after my arrest...

\/\The Conscience of a Hacker/\/

by

+++The Mentor+++

Written on January 8, 1986
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Another one got caught today, it's all over the papers. "Teenager
Arrested in Computer Crime Scandal", "Hacker Arrested after Bank Tampering"...
Damn kids. They're all alike.

But did you, in your three-piece psychology and 1950's technobrain,
ever take a look behind the eyes of the hacker? Did you ever wonder what
made him tick, what forces shaped him, what may have molded him?
I am a hacker, enter my world...
Mine is a world that begins with school... I'm smarter than most of
the other kids, this crap they teach us bores me...
Damn underachiever. They're all alike.

I'm in junior high or high school. I've listened to teachers explain
for the fifteenth time how to reduce a fraction. I understand it. "No, Ms.
Smith, I didn't show my work. I did it in my head..."
Damn kid. Probably copied it. They're all alike.

I made a discovery today. I found a computer. Wait a second, this is
cool. It does what I want it to. If it makes a mistake, it's because I
screwed it up. Not because it doesn't like me...
Or feels threatened by me...
Or thinks I'm a smart ass...
Or doesn't like teaching and shouldn't be here...
Damn kid. All he does is play games. They're all alike.

And then it happened... a door opened to a world... rushing through
the phone line like heroin through an addict's veins, an electronic pulse is
sent out, a refuge from the day-to-day incompetencies is sought... a board is
found.
"This is it... this is where I belong..."
I know everyone here... even if I've never met them, never talked to
them, may never hear from them again... I know you all...
Damn kid. Tying up the phone line again. They're all alike...

You bet your ass we're all alike... we've been spoon-fed baby food at
school when we hungered for steak... the bits of meat that you did let slip
through were pre-chewed and tasteless. We've been dominated by sadists, or
ignored by the apathetic. The few that had something to teach found us will-
ing pupils, but those few are like drops of water in the desert.

This is our world now... the world of the electron and the switch, the
beauty of the baud. We make use of a service already existing without paying
for what could be dirt-cheap if it wasn't run by profiteering gluttons, and
you call us criminals. We explore... and you call us criminals. We seek
after knowledge... and you call us criminals. We exist without skin color,
without nationality, without religious bias... and you call us criminals.
You build atomic bombs, you wage wars, you murder, cheat, and lie to us
and try to make us believe it's for our own good, yet we're the criminals.

Yes, I am a criminal. My crime is that of curiosity. My crime is
that of judging people by what they say and think, not what they look like.
My crime is that of outsmarting you, something that you will never forgive me
for.

I am a hacker, and this is my manifesto. You may stop this individual,
but you can't stop us all... after all, we're all alike.

+++The Mentor+++
(http://www.phrack.org/issues/7/3.html )

The nerd,
The kid in the corner,
The loner.

What's the difference?

We all have our own stories, but we're all the same.

The ignorant label us as criminals, they have no right. They don't know the philosophy behind hacking nor the reason why people are attracted to it so much. Hacking is a art, not a crime. It's our choices that determine what we are, criminals or a kid who likes to solve puzzles.

Hackers get arrested every day, but that hasn't stopped the art of hacking. It's like a Hydra, one arrested, two more take their place.

Anyway, that's it for this post. I found the manifesto and decided to post it, of course I wanted to put my own input on it so yeah. Please be kind with the comments because this is my first ever post and I'm still figuring out this whole forum thing.

Hack on my partners in crime. :D

9 Comments

I think it's interesting how it was written before I was born. Thanks for sharing!

I read this a while ago; unfortunately, I can relate to it.

It's saddening.

ghost_

Us hackers have sad stories... well most do. I just wish people would stop looking at us like criminals, they have no right to judge us when they don't know a thing about hackers.

Blackhats are criminals. Unfortunately the general public has associated the term hacker with blackhats (or at best grey hats). Even this site has attracted people asking to hack a website or people saying that they would be a hacker-for-hire (even though it now clearly says white-hat). It's sad but true. I highly doubt that this view will change in the near future.

I LIKE THE PIC..+1
hacked by Mr_Nakup3nda

There is another intro at catb(maybe), titled 'How to be a Hacker'
Still, the title is kind of misleading. You could just have named it 'The Hacker Manifesto' like the original.

-The Joker

I've seen a bagillion copies... this one is it.

Sad. But nicely written. I liked it.
Thanks for sharing.

Esquilax

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