FragUPlenty Posted February 27, 2007 Share Posted February 27, 2007 So as I am sure everyone here is aware the public opinion of hackers is really low so I wrote something to raise it. Here it is in all it unedited glory. What is a Hacker By: Aaron Capper 1 common question that comes up is what is a hacker? Many peoples perception is that we are bad, that we exploit computer systems, we write viruses, that somehow we are responsible for the ills of the internet, this is in essence false. Hackers are not people that exploit computers, and write viruses and spyware. A hacker is someone who has an insatiable lust for technology. Essentially we are people that are mesmerized by the computer. We take it and learn everything we can about it. We understand the computer at its core level. Not at the level where if I click this button the computer reacts by doing this. We understand it at the level that if I click this button the computer runs this program and that does something, then it translates this into something human that I can interact with. Our fascination is driven by possibility. What we can do with this now that we have this, from the day it was created the computer was essentially a device filled with possibility. It becomes more then just the device we sit at and use it becomes more of a second hand. It stops being a device and more of a window, into a world that so few people understand. People have described it as a descension into a metaverse. Why a descension, because we don't understand it on a level above other people we understand it on a lower level, the core level if you will. (guess what I am gonna use the word metaverse, if you dont know what it is, its the information universe, basically all information). So why is public opinion so low? It is because we are not normal in societies eye. We understand something that is abnormal to most. So few people understand computers that anyone that does understand it as we do is seen as being abnormal. Often hackers are looked down upon so a lot of them do not show that they know anything about it at all. We are seen as lesser people sometimes because of the fact that we are not understood. No one understands what drives us and no one understands what we understand. Most people fear what they don't understand. (if you are a hacker and you read this then you should know thats why the moron with a 5th grade vocabulary keeps trying to screw with you.) You can see this fear in the government almost daily. The way hackers are prosecuted, Kevin Mitnick was held for 4 years without a trial, he finally did get a trial in which no evidence was provided against him. It wasn't that he had commited a hanoius crime it was that they where afraid of his inteligience. Because they felt that he was smart enough to essentially start a nuclear holocaust if he had access to a phone. Most would agree this was rather far fetched but this was the reason he was held for so long. After he got out of prison he was on supervised release where he could not use anything other then a standard telephone. (please how the hell do you start a nuclear war from a phone, it isn't technically possible, I seriously think the judge was on something.) Business and government is afraid of hackers because of the fact that we are very good at getting information and exposing it. Most governments and businesses do not want their actions to be published or known. The risk that there might be someone out there that could get this information makes them a threat. We are not anti-American and we are not anarchists we just want information. Hackers see things that are going on as being wrongs against society that are executed by corporations. For example I am sure that everyone reading this has bought a Windows based PC. After about 2 weeks of use it runs slow. This is because it is infected with something called Spyware. Spyware is essentially a small program that turns on in the background of the computers operating system. The purpose of spyware is to gather information off your computer. Basically it goes through and gets your email address, any email addresses you have saved or are in a plain text format, and then it will grab and passwords and logins that are stored in your cookies that are saved by the internet That is on top of gathering all your personal information, address, real name, stuff like that. What happens is you got lots of spyware on your computer and it slows it down on a massive scale eating up your CPUs power. If you want some proof of how spyware gets your password, well if youve used Myspace then youve probably heard of profile hijacking. (funny thing is most of the spyware companies reside in Silicon Valley well within law enforcements reach.) Microsoft, Ebay, and especially Myspace all make money from spyware. They contract out to spyware companies like Adrevolver, GATOR, and Adsoft. This software essentially as I stated get onto your computer and causes it to slow down as well as collecting all your personal information. Whats worse is that this is illegal under the canspam act. Has anyone ever really been in trouble for creating spam. No, why, they have money and lots of it too. How can this not be prosecuted. It damages other people property and can slow down a computer by 20%. Hackers did not do this, if anything weve tried to get rid of this by telling people about it. Hackers have contacted judges and attorneys all which refuse to do nothing. Even the specialists set aside for computer related crime when notified just look the other way. This is what makes us so upset at how our world, metaverse, the internet, whatever you want to call it has changed. For those that think that hackers are bad and immoral I would like to present to you a list that will more then likely change those theories people have created. Things we Believe in: -We have no religious bias (Muslim, Christian, Catholic, Jewish, Klingon we don't care) -We have no sex based bias (male/female it doesn't matter, although female hackers would be nice because then I might get a date :-), nows the part where you burst into laughter.) -We have no race bias (black, white, brown, hell purple it doesn't matter) -None of the pop culture BS (really if you listen to Britney Spears and cry who gives a shit) -We believe in the spreading of knowledge (that is knowledge, not something that impedes it like the other shit.) This is a short list, if you notice these are all things that we do not care about. We care about the spreading of knowledge and the use of the internet for information. That is legit information, not malicious information. Things we don't believe in: -Spreading of race hate (this makes the spread of information limited based on race, that means all you neo nazis are shit outa luck and need to get the hell off the internet, before we put the smack down on your server and send all the info on it to the FBI, really though if you cant get over skin pigmentation I dont know how your gonna get over being one of the sisters in county.) -Stupid sexist crap (we all admit to being attracted to the opposite sex which means that we can understand the photos, but when some pric creates a webiste to say how women should stay in the kitchen, well its BS and they need to get the hell off the internet.) -All the fanatics that think one religion is better then the other (guess what you Palestinians who post how you hate Jews so much need to get the hell off the internet.) -Cant forget the pedophiles (get the hell off the internet because what you do is just wrong on so many levels, you and the neo nazis can share a bunk in prison together, plus the bright side is the neo nazis will probably shank you within the first week.) So lets see if we can get this down right: 1.If you are a racist you can not be a hacker 2.If you are a sexist you can not be a hacker 3.If you hate people of a different religion then yourself you are not a hacker 4.If you hate people based on their music, TV, clothing whatever you are not a hacker Also I would like to not stealing code does not make you a hacker so Bill Gates you suck and will be in a seperate cell beside the neo nazis and pedophiles only because we dont want them to shank you or make you their bitch. (sodomy is just wrong on so many levels.) I hope this document clears up a lot of the questions that anyone may have. Thanks for reading it if you bothered to read this far. This is who we are, not a word, and no one is gonna make us change. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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