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

Karl Anderson kra at monkey.org
Fri Mar 11 11:20:15 PST 2005

Kelley <kelley at inkworkswell.com> writes:

> At 01:09 PM 3/11/2005, Eugen Leitl wrote:
> >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, when every journalist wanted to break a story 
> about the 'evil hackers'. Mitnick's hacking was mostly social engineering 
> passwords out of people and he became THE epitomy of "smart evil people 
> developing and running programs..." Yet, he didn't really do much of that 
> at all.

Hacker, cracker, and phreaker texts have always emphasized social

Karl Anderson      kra at monkey.org           http://monkey.org/~kra/

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