[FoRK] [IP] more on Rejected Harvard applicants say school's reaction to Web page "hack" excessive (fwd from dave@farber.net)

rst at ai.mit.edu rst at ai.mit.edu
Fri Mar 11 10:34:25 PST 2005


Kelley writes:
 > >In the 1960s the term "hacking" meant smart people developing useful and
 > >innovative computer software.  In the 1990s the term meant smart evil people
 > >developing and running programs to break into computer systems and gain
 > >shell access to those systems.  Thanks to Harvard Business school the term
 > >now means "people of average IQ poking around curiously by editing URLs on
 > >public servers and seeing what comes back in the form of directory listings,
 > >etc."
 > 
 > I'd say that it started way before Harvard called these people hackers. 
 > During the dot.bomb boom ...

Before that, I think, with the release of the movie "War Games".

rst


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