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Hacker Quotes


"I ain't no computer hacker!" - Mr T

"God is a hacker, not an engineer" - Francis Crick

"It is widely grokked that cats have the hacker nature" - Eric S Raymond

"A hacker to me is someone creative who does wonderful things." - Tim Berners-Lee

"A hacker doesnt deliberately destroy data or profit from his activities." - Kevin Mitnick

"A hacker does for love what others would not do for money." - Laura Creighton

"I love being a businessman much more than being a hacker." - Kim Dotcom

"I'm a really good hacker, but I'm not a sensible person." - Aphex Twin

"Wicked Tribe, Rooling Tribe! is the mejor hacker tribe. Too small, too fast, too scientific!" - Tad Williams

"Nobody wants another computer hacker movie, unless it's something amazingly different." - John Badham

"If you want to be a better web hacker, hang out with a painter." - William

"Everybody knows if it's on the Internet, some brilliant hacker can get at it." - Lesley Stahl

"Being a journalist, Hacker had no particular talent for reporting facts." - Jonathan Lynn

"I'm a really good hacker, but I'm not a sensible person." - Richard D James

"I'm a hacker!" Cadel protested. "I don't poison people! I don't blow them up!" - Catherine Jinks

"I look like a geeky hacker, but I don't know anything about computers." - Justin Long

"I wasn't a hacker for the money, and it wasn't to cause damage." - Kevin Mitnick

"The hacker mindset doesn't actually see what happens on the other side, to the victim." - Kevin Mitnick

"At the end of the day, my goal was to be the best hacker." - Kevin Mitnick

"A hacker doesn't deliberately destroy data or profit from his activities." - Kevin Mitnick

"I'm a hacker, but I'm the good kind of hackers. And I've never been a criminal." - Mikko Hypponen

"The difference between a hacker and consumer is a consumer says, I wish it would work this way. A hacker says, I've got a screwdriver and a few minutes." - Rael Dornfest

"To be a hacker - when I use the term - is somebody who is creative and does wonderful things." - Tim Berners-Lee

"We are now debating and talking about a story [Russian hacker attack] based on something that isn't true." - Reince Priebus

"Back in my era, hacking was all about messing with other hackers. It was a hacker war." - Michael Demon Calce

"I'm not an economist; I'm a hacker who has spent his career exploring and repairing large networks." - Dan Kaminsky

"Software Engineering might be science; but that's not what I do. I'm a hacker, not an engineer." - Jamie Zawinski

"I characterize myself as a retired hacker. I'm applying what I know to improve security at companies." - Kevin Mitnick

"I've got to be careful what I say but Glenn Mulcaire was a blagger and a phone hacker." - Thomas Watson Jr

"The hacker community may be small, but it possesses the skills that are driving the global economies of the future." - Heather Brooke

"Being able to break security doesn't make you a hacker anymore than being able to hotwire cars makes you an automotive engineer." - Eric S Raymond

"The Hacker Way is an approach to building that involves continuous improvement and iteration. Hackers believe that something can always be better, and that nothing is ever complete." - Mark Zuckerberg

"The Yankees' Facebook page was hacked. The hacker was immediately purchased and signed to a 5 year contract with the Yankees." - Stephen Colbert

"The Chinese had accused the Tibetans of being terrorists, which is weird. A Tibetan terrorist is like an Amish hacker. It just doesn't fit." - Robin Williams

"In personal conversations with technical people, I call myself a hacker. But when I'm talking to journalists I just say "programmer" or something like that." - Linus Torvalds

"Being able to break security doesn't make you a hacker anymore than being able to hotwire cars makes you an automotive engineer" - Eric S Raymond

"Professionalism has no place in art, and hacking is art. Software Engineering might be science; but that's not what I do. I'm a hacker, not an engineer." - Jamie Zawinski

"The beginnings of the hacker culture as we know it today can be conveniently dated to 1961, the year MIT acquired the first PDP-1." - Eric S Raymond

"If you give a hacker a new toy, the first thing he'll do is take it apart to figure out how it works." - Jamie Zawinski

"I'm a bit of a hacker fanatic and know a fair bit about that industry and cyber crime and cyber warfare." - Seth Gordon

"Dot Hacker, to me, sounds like a collection of all my tastes. I hear four people trying to fill up as much space as they can." - Josh Klinghoffer

"I was fascinated with the phone system and how it worked; I became a hacker to get better control over the phone company." - Kevin Mitnick

"I went from being a kid who loved to perform magic tricks to becoming the world's most notorious hacker, feared by corporations and the government." - Kevin Mitnick

"The key to social engineering is influencing a person to do something that allows the hacker to gain access to information or your network." - Kevin Mitnick

"A hacker is someone who enjoys playful cleverness-not necessarily with computers. The programmers in the old MIT free software community of the 60s and 70s referred to themselves as hackers. Around 1980, journalists who discovered the hacker community mistakenly took the term to mean "security breaker."" - Richard Stallman

"When an attacker fails with one person, they often go to another person. The key is to report the attack to other departments. Workers should know to act like they are going along with what the hacker wants and take copious notes so the company will know what the hacker is trying to find." - Kevin Mitnick

"Somebody could send you an office document or a PDF file, and as soon as you open it, it's a booby trap and the hacker has complete control of your computer. Another major problem is password management. People use the same password on multiple sites, so when the hacker compromises one site, they have your password for everywhere else." - Kevin Mitnick

"I hate to say it, and Apple never likes it, but I love anything that's hacker oriented. I don't like passing it onto others, or getting things for free. I don't like stealing music one bit, at all ..." - Steve Wozniak

"Andrew Hacker argues that algebra and trigonometry and calculus are subjects that almost nobody used after they graduate, and so why should we continue to compel students to try to pass them?" - Anya Kamenetz

"Everyone wants to be called an outsider so I'm a proud insider. If I was young I'd be in my parents' house shutting down the government on my computer. The new delinquent is the hacker." - John Waters

"Everything about Mark Zuckerberg is pure hacker. Hackers don't take realities of the world for granted; they seek to break and rebuild what they don't like. They seek to outsmart the world." - Sarah Lacy

"When you zap things with light to build quantum computers, you're hacking existing systems. You're hijacking the computation that's already happening in the universe, just like a hacker takes over someone else's computer." - Seth Lloyd

"In early 1993, a hostile observer might have had grounds for thinking that the Unix story was almost played out, and with it the fortunes of the hacker tribe." - Eric S Raymond

"A critical factor in its success was that the X developers were willing to give the sources away for free in accordance with the hacker ethic, and able to distribute them over the Internet." - Eric S Raymond

"Scaremongering is an age-old political ritual. There are public officials who have benefited by playing up the 'hacker threat' so that they can win approval by cracking down on it." - Charles Platt

"Thanks to a hacker known as Guccifer who wormed into the computer of the 43rd president's sister, the world has learned that George W. Bush is an amateur - I would say serious amateur - painter." - Roberta Smith

"I don't condone anyone causing damage in my name, or doing anything malicious in support of my plight. There are more productive ways to help me. As a hacker myself, I never intentionally damaged anything." - Kevin Mitnick

"Then again, my case was all about the misappropriation of source code because I wanted to become the best hacker in the world and I enjoyed beating the security mechanisms." - Kevin Mitnick

"My background, I really am a computer hacker. I've studied computer science, I work in computer security. I'm not an actively a hacker, I'm an executive but I understand the mindset of changing a system to get the outcome that you want. It turns out to make the coffee, the problem is actually how the beans get turn into green coffee. That's where most of the problems happen." - Dave Asprey

"No matter what calamities befall him in everyday life, the true hacker still needs the pressure and inconvenience of four hours of trudging in wind or rain or sleet or sun (or all of them at once), hacking at a white pellet that seems to have a mind of its own and a lousy sense of direction." - Tom O'Connor

"The conspiracy behind the Anthropogenic Global Warming myth (aka AGW; aka ManBearPig) has been suddenly, brutally and quite deliciously exposed after a hacker broke into the computers at the University of East Anglia's Climate Research Unit (aka CRU) and released 61 megabytes of confidential files onto the internet. (Hat tip: Watts Up With That)" - James Delingpole

"Since Hillary Clinton won the popular vote, why are they complaining about the Russians hacking the election? I mean, Hillary wins the popular vote, what more can a hacker do than get you the majority of the popular vote? But yet they're running around complaining about the hackers and they're blaming the Russians for stealing the election." - Rush Limbaugh

"It's much easier to become a hacker now. It was a private community before and you had to find your way in, like tumbling down a rabbit hole. Today, there are all-in-one desktops fully equipped with tools pre-built into the operating system, all related to hacking. They are all very powerful tools and free to download." - Michael Demon Calce

"Windows 95 and MacOS are products, contrived by engineers in the service of specific companies. Unix, by contrast, is not so much a product as it is a painstakingly compiled oral history of the hacker subculture. It is our Gilgamesh epic." - Neal Stephenson

"A smartphone links patients' bodies and doctors' computers, which in turn are connected to the Internet, which in turn is connected to any smartphone anywhere. The new devices could put the management of an individual's internal organs in the hands of every hacker, online scammer, and digital vandal on Earth." - Charles C Mann

"I was a hacker of sorts. Not a mind 'reader,' exactly; more a mind 'radar,' in tune with the workings of the aether. I could sense the nuances of dreamscapes and rogue spirits. Things outside myself. Things the average voyant wouldn't feel." - Samantha Shannon

"If you go to a coffee shop or at the airport, and you're using open wireless, I would use a VPN service that you could subscribe for 10 bucks a month. Everything is encrypted in an encryption tunnel, so a hacker cannot tamper with your connection." - Kevin Mitnick

"It's true, I had hacked into a lot of companies, and took copies of the source code to analyze it for security bugs. If I could locate security bugs, I could become better at hacking into their systems. It was all towards becoming a better hacker." - Kevin Mitnick

"The explosion of companies deploying wireless networks insecurely is creating vulnerabilities, as they think it's limited to the office - then they have Johnny Hacker in the parking lot with an 802.11 antenna using the network to send threatening emails to the president!" - Kevin Mitnick

"I'm still a hacker. I get paid for it now. I never received any monetary gain from the hacking I did before. The main difference in what I do now compared to what I did then is that I now do it with authorization." - Kevin Mitnick

"The Hacker Ethic: Access to computers-and anything which might teach you something about the way the world works-should be unlimited and total. Always yield to the Hands-On Imperative! All information should be free. Mistrust authority-promote decentralization. Hackers should be judged by their hacking, not bogus criteria such as degrees, age, race, or position. You can create art and beauty on a computer. Computers can change your life for the better." - Steven Levy

"When Paul [Greengrass] was writing, he'd send me story ideas that he had. He was particularly interested in social movements and revolutions that had been happening all over the world, and how computers and the internet had helped those movements. He encouraged me to read a book about Anonymous, the hacker group called "white hat" hackers, meaning they're driven by ideology and social disruption as opposed to just greed." - Julia Stiles

"The new iPhone has encryption that protects the contents of the phone. This means if someone steals your phone - if a hacker or something images your phone - they can't read what's on the phone itself, they can't look at your pictures, they can't see the text messages you send, and so forth. But it does not stop law enforcement from tracking your movements via geolocation on the phone if they think you are involved in a kidnapping case, for example." - Edward Snowden

"I've always been a singer in my mind. Fronting a band is something I've never done because I've always done other things. It's something I want to do, and the more I do it, the more and more it feels very natural. I've always been a little timid and shy. Playing with both bands, Dot Hacker and the Chili Peppers, has given me a lot of confidence." - Josh Klinghoffer

"What has happened is that we have seen a shift in the past twenty years in the very concept of hacking. So hacking twenty years ago was a neutral, positive concept. Somebody who was a hacker was someone with advanced computer skills, which could expose vulnerabilities and could explain why systems worked well or worked badly and they were generally regarded as an asset. Over the past twenty years, a combination of media and law enforcement has changed the perception of the concept so that it has almost always, if not invariably, a pejorative sense attached." - Misha Glenny