Tuesday, September 25, 2007

What it Means to be a Hacker

A decent article for a change about what it means to be a hacker. You don't usually see commentary like this from the main-stream-media, to them, "hacker" is usually synonymous with the teenage script-kiddie. This about sums it up:

By focusing on the bad apples, Priest says, Madigan was glossing over DefCon's true spirit: smart people getting together to mess around with technology.

"Middle America thinks we're stealing your social security numbers, raping your children and breaking into your bank account," he says. "The reality is, we are the ultimate explorers. We see a technology, and we want to know how it works."

I've been to DefCon once (0x0c), so I can definitely back-up that sentiment. While there was the occasional network nuisance, they were not given any attention. More of a "if you know what you are doing, you won't be bothered by these idiots".

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