Volume One, Issue 7, Phile 3 of 10
The following was written shortly after my arrestâ€¦
\/\The Conscience of a Hacker/\/
Written on January 8, 1986
Another one got caught today, itâ€™s all over the papers. â€œTeenager
Arrested in Computer Crime Scandalâ€, â€œHacker Arrested after Bank Tamperingâ€â€¦
Damn kids. Theyâ€™re all alike.
But did you, in your three-piece psychology and 1950â€™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 worldâ€¦
Mine is a world that begins with schoolâ€¦ Iâ€™m smarter than most of
the other kids, this crap they teach us bores meâ€¦
Damn underachiever. Theyâ€™re all alike.
Iâ€™m in junior high or high school. Iâ€™ve listened to teachers explain
for the fifteenth time how to reduce a fraction. I understand it. â€œNo, Ms.
Smith, I didnâ€™t show my work. I did it in my headâ€¦â€
Damn kid. Probably copied it. Theyâ€™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, itâ€™s because I
screwed it up. Not because it doesnâ€™t like meâ€¦
Or feels threatened by meâ€¦
Or thinks Iâ€™m a smart assâ€¦
Or doesnâ€™t like teaching and shouldnâ€™t be hereâ€¦
Damn kid. All he does is play games. Theyâ€™re all alike.
And then it happenedâ€¦ a door opened to a worldâ€¦ rushing through
the phone line like heroin through an addictâ€™s veins, an electronic pulse is
sent out, a refuge from the day-to-day incompetencies is soughtâ€¦ a board is
â€œThis is itâ€¦ this is where I belongâ€¦â€
I know everyone hereâ€¦ even if Iâ€™ve never met them, never talked to
them, may never hear from them againâ€¦ I know you allâ€¦
Damn kid. Tying up the phone line again. Theyâ€™re all alikeâ€¦
You bet your ass weâ€™re all alikeâ€¦ weâ€™ve been spoon-fed baby food at
school when we hungered for steakâ€¦ the bits of meat that you did let slip
through were pre-chewed and tasteless. Weâ€™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 nowâ€¦ 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 wasnâ€™t run by profiteering gluttons, and
you call us criminals. We exploreâ€¦ and you call us criminals. We seek
after knowledgeâ€¦ and you call us criminals. We exist without skin color,
without nationality, without religious biasâ€¦ 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 itâ€™s for our own good, yet weâ€™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
I am a hacker, and this is my manifesto. You may stop this individual,
but you canâ€™t stop us allâ€¦ after all, weâ€™re all alike.
Mentor_and_nieceâ€œInilah dunia kamiâ€¦ dunia elektron dan switch, beauty of the baud.
Kalian menyebut kami penjahat.. karena kami menggunakan layanan yang
sudah ada tanpa membayar, padahal layanan itu seharusnya sangat murah
jika tidak dikuasai oleh orang-orang rakus. Kami kalian sebut penjahatâ€¦
karena kami gemar menjelajah. Kami kalian sebut penjahatâ€¦ karena kami
mengejar ilmu pengetahuan. Kami ada tanpa warna kulit, tanpa
kebangsaan, tanpa bias agama.. tapi bagi kalian kami penjahat. Kami
adalah penjahatâ€¦ sedangkan kalianlah yang membuat bom nuklir,
mengobarkan peperangan, membunuh, berbuat curang, berbohong dan
berusaha membuat kami percaya bahwa itu semua demi kebaikan kami.
Ya, aku adalah penjahat. Kejahatanku adalah keingintahuanku.
Kejahatanku adalah menilai orang berdasarkan perkataan dan pikiran
mereka dan bukan berdasarkan penampilan mereka. Kejahatanku adalah
menjadi lebih pintar dari kalian, sebuah dosa yang tak akan bisa kalian
Aku adalah hacker dan inilah manifestoku. Kau bisa menghentikan satu,
tapi kau tak bisa menghentikan semuanyaâ€¦ bagaimanapun juga, kami semua
photo the mentor & niece taken from wiki