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    Hello people

    Hmm i'm wondering if any of you know any good hacker ethics documents/texts ?
    Someone i know is writing a book.
    Maybe hacker isnt the right word, but you know what i mean i hope.

    Does A.O have any ? cant seem to find them

    Well thanks in advance for any links
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    Computer Hacking and Ethics, paper by Brian Harvey, University of California, Berkeley

    Legion of Ethical Hacking

    Hacker-Culture by John Stevenson

    And this one, of course:

    The Conscience of a Hacker
    by 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 my 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 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'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.
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    Re: Hacker ethics ?

    Originally posted by Ron the don
    Hello people

    Hmm i'm wondering if any of you know any good hacker ethics documents/texts ?
    Someone i know is writing a book.
    Maybe hacker isnt the right word, but you know what i mean i hope.

    Does A.O have any ? cant seem to find them

    Well thanks in advance for any links
    alternatively read Ennis's ethics post
    There\'s no sense in being Pessimistic...it would never work anyway.
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    Charz

    Hehe, i ended reading them links myself

    And i like'd that one you posted...straight and to the point

    cheers
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    Talking A common mistake

    I dont mean to rain on your parade Negative but the one you posted was actually written by ++The Mento++ and is entitled 'Mentor's Last Words' (Hence the mistake that many people make) I point in the direction of www.hackers.com for this extremely common mistake as they posted this in the neophytes section of the page. (please dont take this as me trying to be a smart arse, im not. I just think that he might get ripped if he were to publish false information)

    Anyway, that is the most well know 'hacker ethics' piece in my opinion, very well written and an insight into the thoughts of a mostly grey hat hacker.

    No offence meant.
    Good look with the book.

    Windows does not have enough free memory to run this program.

    I will never intentionally abuse this board. However, when adding AntiPoints please be a man/woman and leave your name so we can discuss why you did so. I shall also leave my name on all points i send. Thankyou.
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    Smartass
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