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The True Hacker

Arrow Image The True Hacker. A dying breed. There was a time, when the word "hacker" was a respectable title and gave a sense of nobility to its bearer.

Hacker. There was a time, when the word was a respectable title and gave a sense of nobility to its bearer. Today the word "hacker" has been abused and poisoned to become a negative unethical title. Today people seem to think the title "hacker" is bestowed by ones self, when infact nobody should proclaim themselvse to be a true hacker, its a title bestowed by others.

Even those who follow the path of a hacker have forgotten its true meaning. In todays chaotic world, the True Hacker is struggeling to surive.

The True Hacker. A dying breed.

We need to take a good look at what we think a hacker is, and perhaps re-evaluate whether we can call ourselves a true hacker. How can we justify hacking and criticize negative stereotypes if we ourselves don't even know what a hacker is.

With no one as a guide, with no one as a role model, people are left blind and mislead.

It is time for a change.

The True Hacker has a sense of enlightenment and wears his title with pride. Ethics form the essence of a True Hacker. They believe in improving this world and making a difference. It's ambitious, and it's reachable. They believe in, and uphold true ethics. No action is taken without good ethical incentive.

The internet is our home, it's where we belong. It is a great place and has such promising potential, but is plagued and polluted by unethical and dangerous sites. Racism, Child Pornography, Terrorist websites; to name but a few. Corruptive material like this is illegal to broadcast over TV / Radio, so why is it allowed to spread its harmful ideas over the internet.

A True Hacker enforces harmony throughout the Internet. They strive to protect what needs protecting. They nobly remove what needs to be removed.

A True Hacker is driven by divine ethics and does what is morally correct, for the good of everyone else.

A True Hacker will apply this philosophy to every aspect of life. Helping many people. Standing up for what one believes in, both online and offline.

However these qualities have sadly become rare and tainted.

The title of the True Hacker needs to be reclaimed. The stereotype and treatment of hackers relies on the amazing deeds of True Hackers.

It's time more people start using their powers for good. Using their powers to better the internet. Imagine a free and safe Internet, kept ethical and protected by hackers. Imagine the stereoptye of hackers, if groups infiltrated terroist forums undetected, and then send all information to relavent authorities. Imagine the stereotype of hackers if they infiltrated a racist forum and disclosed plans on racial attacks before shutting the forum down.

Imagine one of the largest online companies is notified about a urgent security issue, so it can fix it before possibily loosing millions of dollars.

Actions like these can save and improve thousands of lifes, yet sadly so few people use their knowledge in this way. Yet people today prefer to detroy hundreds of innocent sites just to have the illusion of fame.

With great power, comes great responsibility. No one can call themselves a "hacker" is they deface and damage random innocent sites. Hackers should be out there using their powers for gain of ethics, for the greater good. Hacking isnt a action, or the idea of defacing websites, hacking is a state of mind.

Being a True Hacker you have the power to do such good in this world and truely make a positive difference to hundreds of people all over the world.

This idea could become very real and it is time we started making a difference.

What part will you play?

Learn the way of the True Hacker and become enlightened.

Hacking isn't just Computers & Exploits. It's a Philosophy.

Join me. Make a difference.


Mr_Cheeseon June 28 2006 - 01:37:46
this is still in draft version. this is a essay i want to spend alot of time writing and get perfect. it is still in development and will be finished in a few days. i wanted to give you a preview and recieve some feedback.
hck-x360on June 28 2006 - 01:42:54
good man, i like how your trying to get out what a hacker really is and not what hte media makes it out ot be
hack4uon June 28 2006 - 01:43:54
the "Hacking isn’t just Computers & Exploits. It's a Philosophy. " has inspired me to write a long article on the Philosophy of hacking. How the roles of good and evil come into play and what not. Expect it in the July or August issue of Zine. BTW nice read. Grin
Mr_Cheeseon June 28 2006 - 01:44:50
yeah, im not sure if im actually describing it as i intend to. i got it all perfectly understandable in my head, just cant word it properly. as i said, work in progress so it should be finished within a week. i want to get it around 700 words too.
LiveFastDieFunon June 28 2006 - 04:07:10
Wow that is really well written. Nice.
mozzeron June 28 2006 - 07:04:32
How do we 'join you'? Cos I want to
staxon June 28 2006 - 07:22:42
Cheese ! Weel done ! Err...I mean jeez Pfft THats a nice article. and, like mozzer said, How can we join you ?
SSJ5on June 28 2006 - 08:02:06
i' m with you!!!
WaTcHeRon June 28 2006 - 10:18:19
Well cheese... what can i say? its awsome! it actually makes sense for example "The True Hacker. A dying breed." True hackers are a rare breed nowadays with all this governemt site and negative media causing most of them to be arrested for little more then an interest in the subject of hacking. Right on brother!
SwiftNomadon June 28 2006 - 10:46:52
Really interested to see this when you're done. Awesome artical!
The_Cellon June 28 2006 - 12:06:59
Looking forward to see the finished version. Congrats!
Mr_Cheeseon June 28 2006 - 12:47:19
Join Me, was a figure of speech. didnt mean it literally, i meant "join me" in the idealogy of it, join me in the philiopshy.
WaTcHeRon June 28 2006 - 13:29:55
Lol some people just make me laugh Grin
Displayedon June 28 2006 - 13:55:56
Getting too the true meaning of what a hacker is, nice. This is the type of stuff that made me want to do my project onhackers (it is comming along nicely) My essay, will be an evalutation on how the media has crapped all over the term Hacker. Nice going here Cheese :-)
system_meltdownon June 28 2006 - 14:13:34
Nice article man
AbSoRbon June 28 2006 - 16:53:28
great article ! and i hope to see your's submitted aswell once it's finished Displayed Smile
sp00kyon June 28 2006 - 19:46:59
Awesome article! It's about time someone properly explained what a true hacker is...The media, as well as most other people who are afraid of hackers, confuses the term "hacker" with "cracker" - Two COMPLETELY different things. We need more articles like this to spread the word!
cubeman372on June 28 2006 - 19:53:32
Very good article, but who decides what is ad what is not ethical?Frown That is the only problem I can see in this theory
AldarHawkon June 28 2006 - 20:51:17
Nicely written Cheese. You should add in more along the lines of what an old school hacker was. A Guru whom took an interest in electronics and how it all works. Then taking that and expanding it to do something to help or better the process itself. Perhaps even get into Geekdom Wink
V1P3Ron June 29 2006 - 00:56:19
great article Wink it's really well written and has some good points. Cant wait to read the final version of this Smile
The_Cellon June 29 2006 - 15:04:15
I have to agree with cubeman. Every human being has it's own definition of the word good. You can't give it one solid definition to fit all.
Mr_Cheeseon June 29 2006 - 15:49:15
every being knows the difference from right and wrong. if a website is in a hazy area, then it should be left untouched. hate sites for instance are undoubtably unethical.
The_Cellon June 29 2006 - 17:01:06
I agree, but take for instance a site against christians. Most people will find it unethical but other will find it ethical as they're also against christians. Everyone has it's own definition for right or wrong. Ethics are a personal thing.
deathrapeon June 30 2006 - 05:09:40
Democratic ideas that we all cherish- those on which democracy stand, focus on the point that even if we despise what a person may say, we feel just as strongly compelled to protect it as we do our own views "Freedom of speech for things I believe aren't hateful" isn't freedom of speech- its oppression for everyone who doesnt agree with me. "A True Hacker enforces harmony throughout the Internet. They strive to protect what needs protecting. They nobly remove what needs to be removed." Good god, thats like a monarchy: if you have a good king, then you're set. if not, your life sucks. If this is how the world exists: rouge hackers deciding what people can and cannot say in the largest net of information in the world- well, I'd rather not have hackers. Better to strip power from a good king to prevent the rising of a bad one.
WaTcHeRon June 30 2006 - 09:04:44
Atheism baby Grin
Mr_Cheeseon June 30 2006 - 10:54:53
its not a monarchy, its anarchy. anarchy if executed correctly can become a utopia.
crazy_sniperon July 04 2006 - 04:17:16
people have a right to say what they please, but things like or org or however--why is that site still up boys???? that should have been killed months ago. They have no right to say what they did there, under those circumstances. But liberal politicians allow it...
cubeman372on July 05 2006 - 14:47:05
-Awesome article this should be a forum thread- If people like Al 'Quaeda believe what they are hacking is right and ethical are they "True" Hackers?
occularsinisteron July 05 2006 - 18:47:27
planning on or assisting in stripping of someone else's rights or providing a forum to allow people to logistic out an act of that sort is good grounds for getting shut down.
occularsinisteron July 05 2006 - 18:51:32
good comment deathrape but Mr. Cheese one thing, who gets to choose who can participate in the anarchy/utopia unfortunately if anyone could join in, the idea wouldnt work but if everyone cant join in its kinda fascist(sp?)'s hard lol
crazy_sniperon July 05 2006 - 22:19:26
well the thing is, occu, is that some of us have a clue about wtf shud and shudnt go on in this world. i think cheese has an idea... its stuff like downwithdemocracy, anyone (in america) who says that site should be up, should be tried for treason. grnated the 1st amendment allows them to do so, and i fully back the 1st (hypocrite?) i dont think that families who have A) someone in the military B) somone killed in 9/11 or elsewhere or C) have seen the tortures taht scum bags like Al zarqaui (pardon spelling) have put people thorugh, should have to deal with this FUCKING BULLSHIT!!! Have you heard the screams of men having their heads cut off by those towl head fucking bastards? Now dont play the racist card on me, im a white catholic armerican, DONT TELL ME SHIT ABOUT RACISM. And also, when i lived in NY, i had friends from pakistan. So dont even think about going there. Theres just so much BS going on right now, and nothing any of us can do about it.
Mr_Cheeseon July 06 2006 - 14:42:13
"nothing any of us can do about it" ... wrong. you can do plenty. give money to charity / remove filth from the internet / spread the word / educate others / send letters to MP's. theres plenty of things you can do.
drew_m_noelon July 16 2006 - 04:50:15
im ashamed to have ever called myself a hacker. i want to be a true hacker(as defined in this article) i want to redeem my senseless attacks and protect the true meaning of the term Hacker 10/10
AbSoRbon July 17 2006 - 20:36:46
Its obvious that hate sites shouldn't be there, and child pornogrphy, but were would you draw the line ? Theres some things that can be done away with easily, a website that blatently is worng. But when does it stop becoming wrong, an opinion, someone's right of free speach ? I might be going along the wrong track here. Its hard to find a good example, and put my thoughts down as words. The article is exellent, and everyone can do all of the things it says, but there will always be some things that will be in that gray area between right and wrong.
AbSoRbon July 17 2006 - 20:40:44
That comment was mainly at the other comments. As for the whole article, it's brilliant ! I think that "With great power, comes great responsibility." is a bit of a cliche, thanks to spiderman, lol, but it still works well, and makes you want to stand back after reading it and take a good look at yourself. I know I'm not a True Hacker, but im certainly going to strive to be one Smile
tancurromon July 17 2006 - 21:30:56
I think thats its very difficult to define between, right and wrong, for these are only opinions. 'Right' is just in majority, so most people are brought up believing it. I hear people saying about terrorists.. Most people would say suicide bombers are taking inocent lives, but they believe that they are going to heaven because of there actions (or so i hear). I am going to take a wuote from the HBH quote bar thing at the top.. " One mans freedom figter, is another mans terrorist", and its soo true. "right" and "wrong" are decided on personal option, if majorities start dictating what is viewed on the internet, just cause they can, the internet will never be a utopia. (i think that child porn and terrorist sites should be inflitrated)
tancurromon July 17 2006 - 21:32:43
You might want to use some of that Cheese, i think its so inspirational
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+++
Mr_Cheeseon July 17 2006 - 22:34:56
right and wrong is not hard to define. its simple. if hate related matieral / material that negetively affects other people (child porn / racism / terroism / corrupt online companies) to name just a few, they all negatively affect other people. i mean anyone where who argues they have a right to "freedom of speech" should be shot. how is that hard to define if it should be removed or not, its just common sense, i mean jeese its not hard. think for yourselfs its not hard. and @ tancurrom, the idea of my article was to inspirate people to actually make them think about who/what they are. i did want to inspirate them asmuch as the manifesto did, but i wanted this article to be completely my own words and not taken from the manifesto. also this article and the manifesto give a different message. manifesto = "understand us, dont persecute us" .. True Hacker = "follow the correct path, become the right person".
Jakeon July 17 2006 - 23:36:43
Nice article. However, I would like to inform you all that being this "True Hacker" can be difficult sometimes. I no longer notify companies if I find a vulnerability on their server. This is because of my previous experiences, where the company becomes so overwhelmed that they are insecure that they take it out on you, even though you were just trying to help them. I have been threatened with some lawsuits by a fairly large corporations when all I did was give them the details on the vulnerability and how to fix it (This is why you want to cover your tracks and/or use proxies, even if you intend on notifying them). . . The most common reason: "Money had to be spent on upgrading a security interface", which was supposedly my fault.
Sarah_Briarmosson July 18 2006 - 10:54:52
Great article.
tancurromon July 18 2006 - 12:59:55
lmao @ Jake, i know what your saying,"Money had to be spent on upgrading a security interface", which was supposedly my fault. News flash, i was your fault that they had to upgrade, but completely in benefit of themseleves. If they werent such asses, thinking that they were 100% secure then they would be fine. Cheese can you not see my point about right and wrong though, it is a individual decision which is which. Something like child porn might negatively affect someone, but someone might enjoy that (that was very difficult to say, i do not incourage it), i ask you, would you have all the porn sites taken down then?? (NO) So you are just doing what suites yourself, and in your opinion (the majority most of the time) what is 'right'.
Mr_Cheeseon July 18 2006 - 13:45:02
tancurrom - how the fuck can you sit there and say child porn is ok, coz people enjoy it just like other porn. fucking idiot. serioulsy, get out more and start to make decisions for yourself. it really isnt hard in the slightest deciding what is right and wrong. jesus.
drew_m_noelon July 18 2006 - 15:18:55
i agree with Mr_Cheese, on that issue, but we do have to be careful as to freedom of speech. Certainly illegal site, such as child porn sites, should be brought down, but we can't, for example, take down a KKK site although it is wrong to us, it's depriving them of their rights. If we deprive other ppl's rights, we're basically Internet bullies, and that's not what we want, is it?
tancurromon July 18 2006 - 15:33:27
i dont think child porn is ok, what i... wait i just realised what i said in a different view. OMG. ( i was trying to put it into prespective, but i just realised that i was completely wrong)
wolfmankurdon July 18 2006 - 17:16:05
thats a lot of comments and 20 f'ing awesome grades? there's oign to be a lot of premature ejaculation for the final version.
wolfmankurdon July 18 2006 - 17:16:48
it's cool though Grin With great power, comes great responsibility. <= spiderman lol
Mr_Cheeseon July 18 2006 - 18:33:24
drew_m_noel - fucking idiot? how can you say KKK has a freedom of speech. fuckers should be shutdown. its illegal to spread race related hate, so why the fuck you say its ok? god dammit, am i the only one who can think for themselfs. jesus.
tancurromon July 18 2006 - 19:23:01
what knob voted poor??
Mr_Cheeseon July 19 2006 - 00:54:22
probably one of these "racists have a right to spread their hate" wankers.
Thucydideson July 19 2006 - 19:49:04
Mr_Cheese, I think I can enlighten you on drew_m_noel's comments. I seems to me that Drew is probably an American as myself, and in the US it is in fact, perfectly legal to spread race related hate through whatever medium is available. The FCC may regulate diry words here over t.v. and radio, but doesn't do anything about racism. And the US supreme court has only really put limits on free speech when they present a clear and present danger, which they ruled racism usually does not. I know though that freedom of speech would have different limits in the UK or other western countries though, just wanted to point out the problems of bringing up legality in an international forum.
Mr_Cheeseon July 19 2006 - 21:23:22
regardless if its legal or not, if they are gonna abuse their "right" to freedom of speech, then they have that right taken away. one can sit here and justify racism and argue "its ok because its their right". pfft.
chislamon July 20 2006 - 00:41:01
First off, hats off to you Cheese as to finishing the final of this essay, very nicely written. As to some of the people talking about "where do you draw the line as to what is right and wrong?". There are no gray area's, only black and white. There is either bad or good. Since there is no government that really inforces the laws on racist sites and what not, that doesn't mean that those sites should be allowed to stay up, therefore the "True Hackers" who are the enforcers of the Internet, not necessarily the bullies, but the ones who are the closest thing to authorities on the Internet, who have to take down these bad sites. Sure there is the FCC for TV and Radio, but what about Internet....Nope. And that is exactly where the Ethical Hackers come into play. I can't really agree with you more Cheese. Thats my 2 cents.
Hypertexton July 22 2006 - 04:10:46
ill stick to real hacking. no ddos for me!
drew_m_noelon July 25 2006 - 04:14:54
mr_cheese although you did call me an idiot, i still agree. but we have to differentiate between morally wrong and simply having diferent views. yes, the KKK is morally wrong, point taken, but it'll get harder for us to exist. "defense site savagly attacked" and so on. im not afraid, but some ppl mite be cuz they're taking rights away(in the US anyway)
Mr_Cheeseon July 25 2006 - 11:21:36
well, if something is just a difference in opinion then leave it. i dont agree with the price of bus tickets and think its disgusting, but im not gonna do take down the bus companies website because they have expensive trickets. although i disagree with them, they're doing something legal and they arent harming anyone, so it can stay up. simple. if you have decent ethics its easy to work out what should stay and what should go.
DotHacker0on August 09 2006 - 04:24:56
Thats was beatiful. *sniff* *sniff*
thk-geoon August 22 2006 - 23:23:24
Im almost as amazed by the 57 comments like i am by this article
ZoNe_VoRTeXon November 13 2006 - 01:35:53
for the last time, Black-Hats do NOT deface websites. Bored teenagers deface websites and the admins deserve what they get for taking someone elses sourcecode and not patching it when a vuln is found. HBH is like some kind of monarchy, I see these people, and all they did was NOT lick mr_cheese's ass and they are banned. everyone seems to be artificially-smiling at him. Are they all idiots are just not brave enough to actually think about what he is saying? mr_cheese is proposing that himself and a handful of his friends are the last "good-guys" on the internet. That they are somehow poetic defenders of justice. However all he does is kiss his own ass and deface racist websites. Now, its clear that almost no one here has ever made a decent hack or written an exploit or vulnerability, however, let me tell you right now that mr_cheese is not some sort of intelligent or clever hacker, he simply was screwing around with this crew (I forget what they call themselves) and they found an RFI on a racist website and exploited it. Like Ive said before there is no such thing as a "True-Hacker". Its just a title mr_cheese has created for himself.
Mr_Cheeseon November 23 2006 - 12:34:08
you obvioulsy dont have a clue. a) you dont know what a blackhat stands for. b) no ones kissing my ass, they all have their own opinions. c) you have no clue on what i've done and how i've done it. very few actually do. d) you critisize my hacking which you know nothing about, yet you cant even get a simple IF statement in PHP to work.
ZoNe_VoRTeXon December 01 2006 - 06:58:50
Mr_Cheese: you have absalutely no right to define the word "hacker" this culture runs much, much deeper than you. You are trying to tell people like 30-year-old pro programmars that they are not "true hackers" and you are? you fucking hypocritical moron. Explain this article? what is this if not just an ego boost for yourself? every single decent hacker I have ever talked too about you has the same opinion: "noob". You say I dont know about you but its impossible not to with all the talking you do about yourself. Ill bet I can program a lot better than you can. later.
Mr_Cheeseon December 01 2006 - 10:59:45
lol well someones egotisticle arent they Wink anyways, you seem to of misunderstood, i havnt ruled out "30-year-old-programmers" i was trying to imply that a true hackers does things for the greater good and to help people. its a broad spectrum, it just rules out people with selfish motives for hacking.
ZoNe_VoRTeXon December 02 2006 - 03:52:01
Well, in my opinion there is no "good-hacker" "bad-hacker". There are hackers and there are criminals, people confuse those two things a lot. I just think that anyone who could actually be considered a hacker, someone who explores, programs, and is really in spirit part of the culture is a "True-Hacker" I disagree that they have to agree with your own specific views of how we should be "doign the right thing" and attacking servers YOU personally think are bad. So I agree with you and I also strongly disagree with you. Oh well.
Ch33syC0mput3r5on December 16 2006 - 13:58:11
Nice article Mr_Cheese, I happened to think it was inspiring..unlike some people. Frown
paranoiahaxon January 01 2007 - 16:51:11
ZoNe_VoRTeX: You are right in many senses. Mr_Cheese, you are right in many senses. So put your differences aside and work together, And also Mr_Cheese, sorry for that post, It was targetted at someone who calls themself "TrueHacker" and they had a link to your article on it, so I presumed it was he who wrote it, and didn't check, Sorry. TrueHacker took everything I own on the internet away from me, except one account, my backup one. If he had got that, then I'd be screwed. System_meltdown I believe is going to backup my story too, but for now, laters.
BluMooseon January 04 2007 - 10:53:21
Hahahaha oh god these comments are amusing XD Right on sys_op =]
djdottion April 24 2007 - 21:56:21
This Is Amazing =] You have changed my mind about hacking, I now am trying to be a true hacker =]
spywareon May 27 2007 - 20:30:20
This article sucks. You stop thinking when you've reached your level of utopia, think about others for a second. Just one second.
jbjokeron July 07 2007 - 21:37:09
I don't disagree but I think that you are using white hats as your basis for a 'True Hacker'. I believe that hacking is just an intelligent form of art. It's also more of a practice that I try to use in my everyday life. Use one thing to do another. :happy: ., This is just my opinion.
Codenaur2on October 22 2007 - 22:21:15
Do "truehackers" use html injections?
Codenaur2on October 22 2007 - 22:21:47
:love: MR_CHEESE :love:
anarchoson December 29 2007 - 06:50:22
I just want to say, Cheese you nailed it with the "true hacker", I just Migrated from HTS to here and read this article. Now I'm not L33t like many of you but I have really been wondering when someone would say what you just explained; because the internet is available to anyone in any part of the world there is no unified laws, it is left to hackers to make sure it is place that all can feel welcome to, I'm not saying that we stop ppl who we don't like but if they knew that there would be consequences for posting things that harm other ppl then they would hopefully think twice.
owninizeron January 05 2008 - 21:00:41
Best article ever!! WOW
owninizeron January 05 2008 - 21:02:11
Best article ever!! WOW
ottoon March 18 2008 - 10:34:24
i am goin to make a print out of that and let my mom and dad read it they were really pissed when i told them that i am goin to be a hacker. :evil:
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