Wednesday, 10 August 2011

What is a Hacker?

The Jargon File contains a bunch of definitions of the term Hacker™, most having to do with technical adeptness and a delight in solving problems and overcoming limits. If you want to know how to become a hacker, though, only two are really relevant.

There is a community, a shared culture, of expert programmers and networking wizards that traces its history back through decades to the first time-sharing minicomputers and the earliest ARPAnet experiments. The members of this culture originated the term Hacker™. Hackers built the Internet. Hackers made the Unix operating system what it is today. Hackers run Usenet. Hackers make the World Wide Web work. If you are part of this culture, if you have contributed to it and other people in it know who you are and call you a hacker, you're a hacker.

The hacker mind-set is not confined to this software-hacker culture. There are people who apply the hacker attitude to other things, like electronics or music actually, you can find it at the highest levels of any science or art. Software hackers recognize these kindred spirits elsewhere and may call them Hacker™ too  and some claim that the hacker nature is really independent of the particular medium the hacker works in.

There is another group of people who loudly call themselves hackers, but aren't. These are people (mainly adolescent males) who get a kick out of breaking into computers and phreaking the phone system. Real hackers call these people Crackers™ and want nothing to do with them. Real hackers mostly think crackers are lazy, irresponsible, and not very bright, and object that being able to break security doesn't make you a hacker any more than being able to hotwire cars makes you an automotive engineer. Unfortunately, many journalists and writers have been fooled into using the word Hacker™ to describe crackers; this irritates real hackers no end.

The basic difference is this: hackers build things, crackers break them. If you want to be a hacker, keep reading the following articles to come. If you want to be a cracker, go read the alt.2600 newsgroup and get ready to do five to ten in the slammer after finding out you aren't as smart as you think you are. And that's all I'm going to say about crackers.

Original Article by : Eric Steven Raymond (How to become a Hacker)

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  1. now i knew the difference between 'hacker' and 'cracker'

    thanks :)

  2. Happy that i was able to help you. have a nice day.

  3. I use to hack emails during my college times, but security is very good nowdays. The satisfaction of getting into a file or email is amazing. Most of the time we do it for fun and mean no harm.

  4. Yes Thristhan the satisfaction is more than words can say. I don't think the security that good yet. There is always way exploit them. Happy Hacking.

  5. Wonderful elaborate explanation on hackers and crackers. Thanks to you for the facts.

  6. You are most welcome. Keep following us for more details. No regrets.Tc.