The Conscience of a Hacker

Escrito por manu | 1 Jun, 2006
=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= The following was written shortly after my arrest...

The Conscience of a Hacker


by

+++The Mentor+++

Written on January 8, 1986
=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= 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+++


2 comentarios & 0 Retroenlaces de "The Conscience of a Hacker"

  1. Hombre, ya puestos a desenterrar arqueología, podías haber reproducido la versión en castellano que tenemos publicada en la Biblioweb hace eones. ;-) La verdad es que da cierto pudor releerlo, por la mezcla de soberbia e ingenuidad naïf que tiene. (creo recordar que Sterling habla de él en "The hacker crackdown"). En realidad, Mentor anticipa más bien la mentalidad de los script-kiddies y de los crackers, no de los hackers. Los hackers de la época (años ochenta) era gente mucho menos grandilocuente, menos exhibicionista, y más bien detestaban a sujetos como Mentor: el mejor ejemplo de esto que digo y de la mentalidad genuinamente hacker de la época es "El huevo del cuco", de Cliff Stoll, libro sobre un sysadmin de Unix que recomiendo absolutamente (si lo encontráis).

    Escrito por Miquel 02 Jun 2006, 10:51
  2. Hola Miquel!

    La versión que he publicado, es la publicada en el número 7 de la revista phrack, revista de referencia. Aunque he leido unas cuantas traducciones, ninguna me acaba de convencer.

    Respecto a la mentalidad de los script-kiddies o crackers, y las diferencias entre estos y los hackers "autenticos", creo que muchas veces se mezclan ambas cosas, o se cojen cosas de unos y otros. Y mucha gente empieza en un mundillo, y se pasa al otro ;-)

    Muy bueno "El huevo del cuco", toda una referencia.

    Escrito por Manu 08 Jun 2006, 16:54