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The Conscience of a Hacker, aka "The Hacker's Manifesto"
    #3868304 - 03/04/05 04:42 PM (12 years, 2 months ago)

It has been just over 19 years since The Hacker's Manifesto was first published in Phrack (Volume One, Issue 7, Phile 3 of 10). I remember the first time I read this. The thrill I felt! To know that there were others, out there, others "like me" was a truly mind-expanding moment.

What has happened to the scene, in the 19 years since the Manifesto was published? Where did all the real hackers go? Did they all go the way of L0pht? Have they sold out and joined the corps? Are we really left with nothing but script kiddies?

Most importantly, does the Manifesto still speak true?

Because I can still feel the thrill...

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The following was written shortly after my arrest...

\/\The Conscience of a Hacker/\/
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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 explainfor 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 throughthe 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 willing 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+++


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Re: The Conscience of a Hacker [Re: trendal]
    #3868321 - 03/04/05 04:44 PM (12 years, 2 months ago)

I think all the hacker kiddies just grew up and found better things to do with their life.

Hacking has gotten me into lots of trouble back into the day, not to mention fired from jobs. Really not worth it.


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Re: The Conscience of a Hacker [Re: trendal]
    #3868333 - 03/04/05 04:46 PM (12 years, 2 months ago)

That gave me chills. Big-time.


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Re: The Conscience of a Hacker [Re: trendal]
    #3868353 - 03/04/05 04:48 PM (12 years, 2 months ago)

I read that aloud to one of my speech classes back in high school. :smirk:


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Re: The Conscience of a Hacker [Re: kronnyQ]
    #3868392 - 03/04/05 04:52 PM (12 years, 2 months ago)

Well obviously hackers age, too :smirk:

But where's the new ones? Did the art die off, only to be left to script morons and darkside "hackers"?


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Re: The Conscience of a Hacker [Re: OneMoreRobot3021]
    #3868399 - 03/04/05 04:53 PM (12 years, 2 months ago)

Quote:

OneMoreRobot3021 said:
That gave me chills.  Big-time.




If it speaks to you...learn. :yesnod:


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Re: The Conscience of a Hacker [Re: trendal]
    #3868452 - 03/04/05 05:02 PM (12 years, 2 months ago)

Most hackers today stay in deep seclusion like they should, and they don't want to share their secrets with anybody because they would just get publicized and foiled.


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Re: The Conscience of a Hacker [Re: trendal]
    #3868478 - 03/04/05 05:06 PM (12 years, 2 months ago)

The sound of one hand clapping...the discouraging hush of the government/media complex. Or not :smirk:.


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Re: The Conscience of a Hacker [Re: kronnyQ]
    #3868499 - 03/04/05 05:10 PM (12 years, 2 months ago)

Yeah I figured any of the real hackers had all gone so far underground by now that there would be little hope of finding anyone.

I fell out of the scene many moons ago, and I fear I've just been gone for too long to return :frown:


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Re: The Conscience of a Hacker, aka "The Hacker's Manifesto" [Re: trendal]
    #3868627 - 03/04/05 05:31 PM (12 years, 2 months ago)

Hacking was fun whilst younger.. grow up gotta make the skrilla to survive and hacking dont cut it unless you jaxor n craxor. I once made a report for my class about my first time useing the internet but I never made any reference that I was actually talking about the internet and everyone thought I was talking about the first time useing drugs rofl  :grin: :grin: :grin:


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Re: The Conscience of a Hacker, aka "The Hacker's Manifesto" [Re: duster]
    #3868647 - 03/04/05 05:34 PM (12 years, 2 months ago)

:lol:

Lol man! Yeah I remember back in the day before the internet became cool, when the mere word "internet" was met with not more than a blank stare :smirk:

Then the horde came rushing in...


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Re: The Conscience of a Hacker, aka "The Hacker's Manifesto" [Re: trendal]
    #3868937 - 03/04/05 06:31 PM (12 years, 2 months ago)

I wonder if there are any BBS's still in existence? Last one I saw was at least 7-8 years ago, and it was on the net, instead of dialup.


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Re: The Conscience of a Hacker, aka "The Hacker's Manifesto" [Re: trendal]
    #3868961 - 03/04/05 06:35 PM (12 years, 2 months ago)

Ahh, this reminiscence will depress me, if I'm not careful :smirk:


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Re: The Conscience of a Hacker, aka "The Hacker's Manifesto" [Re: trendal]
    #3869002 - 03/04/05 06:47 PM (12 years, 2 months ago)

I used to have a hack/phreak/anarchy BBS back in high school.

It was called "The Rotting Rectum".  My Screen name was "Taco Rapist".

Those were the days.....

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Re: The Conscience of a Hacker, aka "The Hacker's Manifesto" [Re: RandalFlagg]
    #3869191 - 03/04/05 07:25 PM (12 years, 2 months ago)

:rolleyes: CRACKERS, damnit.

But anyway, real hackers are alive and well, some count me among them.

As far as security exploration, it too is alive and well.

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Re: The Conscience of a Hacker, aka "The Hacker's Manifesto" [Re: delta9]
    #3869293 - 03/04/05 07:48 PM (12 years, 2 months ago)

No no, not cracking. I just want to KNOW, you know?

Learning is underrated :wink:


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Re: The Conscience of a Hacker, aka "The Hacker's Manifesto" [Re: trendal]
    #3869489 - 03/04/05 08:23 PM (12 years, 2 months ago)

Yes, and that is a Good Thing.

However, most of the BBS culture is crackers/phreakers/warez d00dz - that's just the way it is.

Most hackers can crack. Most crackers can't hack. To quote ESR, being able to break into a car does not make you an automotive technition.


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Re: The Conscience of a Hacker, aka "The Hacker's Manifesto" [Re: delta9]
    #3869534 - 03/04/05 08:32 PM (12 years, 2 months ago)

I liked that line, I read it not 5 minutes ago :smile:


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Re: The Conscience of a Hacker, aka "The Hacker's Manifesto" [Re: trendal]
    #3869554 - 03/04/05 08:34 PM (12 years, 2 months ago)

if hackers are the people who create computer viruses they should be punished with long prison sentences because they are scum


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Re: The Conscience of a Hacker, aka "The Hacker's Manifesto" [Re: question_for_joo]
    #3869612 - 03/04/05 08:46 PM (12 years, 2 months ago)

No, those are crackers and script kiddies, question_for_joo. Hackers built and continue to keep the internet running well. Crackers impede us. Hackers create. Crackers destroy.

Trendal; yeah, it's one of my favorites to explain the difference between a cracker and a hacker.

The unfortunate thing is the media got behind the call everyone hackers thing but we are forever fighting it - there's a page in the jargon file with a pre-written letter you can send to editors requesting they not use hacker as a pejorative, but the correct term "cracker" written by RMS to the Wall Street Journal.


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