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Hackers Manifesto

Arrow Image A great window into the mind of a hacker.
Told by <i>The Mentor</i>

Another one got caught today, it&#39;s all over the papers. &quot;Teenager Arrested in Computer Crime Scandal&quot;, &quot;Hacker Arrested after Bank Tampering&quot;... Damn kids.

They&#39;re all alike.

But did you, in your three-piece psychology and 1950&#39;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&#39;m smarter than most of the other kids, this crap they teach us bores me... Damn underachiever.

They&#39;re all alike.

I&#39;m in junior high or high school. I&#39;ve listened to teachers explain for the fifteenth time how to reduce a fraction. I understand it. &quot;No, Ms. Smith, I didn&#39;t show my work. I did it in my head...&quot; Damn kid. Probably copied it.

They&#39;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&#39;s because I screwed it up. Not because it doesn&#39;t like me... Or feels threatened by me... Or thinks I&#39;m a smart ass... Or doesn&#39;t like teaching and shouldn&#39;t be here... Damn kid. All he does is play games.

They&#39;re all alike.

And then it happened... a door opened to a world... rushing through the phone line like heroin through an addict&#39;s veins, an electronic pulse is sent out, a refuge from the day-to-day incompetencies is sought... a board is found. &quot;This is it... this is where I belong...&quot; I know everyone here... even if I&#39;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&#39;re all alike...

You bet your ass we&#39;re all alike... we&#39;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&#39;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&#39;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&#39;s for our own good, yet we&#39;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&#39;t stop us all...

After all, we&#39;re all alike.

+++The Mentor+++


BlackAce227on April 04 2005 - 13:36:30
nice article 10/10Wink
DragonViperon April 22 2005 - 15:48:24
Good article i agree to what you say!Wink only problem is i'm still learning to become a hacker. Grin
NoSpIon May 25 2005 - 06:59:44
man, i wish the mentor didnt get arrested Sad that is really good, ive read it before on HTS, and i could kinda relate to it, but i have no idea how, becuase i only just started hacking Pfft ok i dont make sense now so ill shutup
wolfmankurdon June 30 2005 - 00:00:27
Damn straight!
AldarHawkon April 18 2006 - 14:27:24
hmmm...reminds me of a movie...meh still a good writing though.Shock
EnglishPandaon May 28 2006 - 21:30:52
Nice. 10/10
macrostblackon June 09 2006 - 19:46:31
I first read this in Jolly Rogers anarchist cookbook not too long after it was written.(20 years ago...shit showing my age there) It's still relevant today.
i_cum_bloodon August 04 2006 - 17:05:15
The mentor can bite me. The smart arse shouldve just learnt to get along rather than call everyone sadists. I could agree with only one sentence. What a waste. Its still a good read, the mans got style Wink
phantom_piemanon October 28 2006 - 22:32:47
Paradox0728on November 15 2006 - 21:24:29
that was beautiful *tear... now teach me! i must know!
Ekiloon April 10 2007 - 16:47:39
I like. I think it would make a great intro for a great movie. That is if they ever made a movie telling it like it is.
ThorsDecreeon September 16 2007 - 04:09:14
they are all media-brainwashed idiots. no one sees us for who we are. the mentor understood this; I agree 110% with this; it is my own personal creed as well. I have copies of it in my bindsers, by my computers, on my wall, you name it. I just wish people could be more understanding... That's why Mr. Spock is on my wall, too!
02nwoodon September 24 2007 - 19:39:28
The intuition of hackers consists in where the hackers passion was given life.
The-Scarecrowon September 26 2007 - 11:24:22
That was pretty good. We own the net! let them try to take us down. They can remove one from our ranks and we replace with 10. []O[] [][]O OOO
Dj-Xploodon October 21 2007 - 18:17:21
very nice
owninizeron January 05 2008 - 20:46:45
Loved It is so true! Keep the articles coming couldn't stop reading!
owninizeron January 05 2008 - 20:47:16
Loved It is so true! Keep the articles coming couldn't stop reading!
Yitihon March 03 2008 - 18:55:38
Too bad he got arrested...[10/10]
NewLeafon April 02 2008 - 12:06:38
Lol @ this being quoted on the film "Hackers" Still you can see why as it is a 10/10 all day! Shame about mentor though.
My705on May 20 2008 - 12:58:08
I love it, Makes me smile Grin
ShadyTyranton September 15 2008 - 13:59:34
Beautifully written, could not have been any better.Smile
Ghosteron November 28 2011 - 10:41:01
Damn... This hasn't had a comment in a while. Well after reading that, I feel like I was reading something that I had written myself. It's funny, because it ties in with your "all alike" theory.
Melcoron November 28 2011 - 17:20:50
I read this one a while a go, thank you for bringing it back to me. Grin I agree with all that is written in the manifesto. Smile
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