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Hackers Quotes


"There are more hackers breeding every day, and more brilliant minds are turning into hackers. Security has advanced, but so have hackers." - Michael Demon Calce

"Old hackers never die. They just go to bitnet." - Anonymous

"Up until now Washington has worried that terrorists will become hackers. Perhaps we all should worry that hackers will become terrorists." - Ian Bremmer

"Younger hackers are hard to classify. They're probably just as diverse as the old hackers are. We're all over the map." - Larry Wall

"Without those hackers, we wouldn't solve the problems we need to solve, especially security" - Fred Durst

"Hackers are arrogant geek romantics. They lack the attentive spirit of inquiry." - Bruce Sterling

"As the world becomes more digitalized, there are more entry points for hackers." - Michael Demon Calce

"Why do they believe that? Because we are hackers, Csongor said, and they have seen movies." - Neal Stephenson

"Those North Korean hackers are at it again. Earlier today they leaked Santa's naughty list." - David Letterman

"Berkeley hackers liked to see themselves as rebels against soulless corporate empires." - Eric S Raymond

"The workstation-class machines built by Sun and others opened up new worlds for hackers." - Eric S Raymond

"Hackers are seen as shadowy figures with superhuman powers that threaten civilization." - Mitch Kapor

"Should we fear hackers? Intention is at the heart of this discussion." - Kevin Mitnick

"Garbage can provide important details for hackers: names, telephone numbers, a company's internal jargon." - Kevin Mitnick

"Hackers often describe what they do as playfully creative problem solving." - Heather Brooke

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

"At any given time, there are only about ten or twenty places where hackers most want to work, and if you aren't one of them, you won't just have fewer great hackers, you'll have zero." - Paul Graham

"I don't hate technology, I don't hate hackers, because that's just what comes with it, without those hackers we wouldn't solve the problems we need to solve, especially security." - Fred Durst

"We put up the very best cyber security - what I call infrastructure to stop them, but [hackers] constantly [didn't stop]." - Donna Brazile

"A lot of hackers set up scam sites. They can impersonate a site like PayPal, for instance." - Michael Demon Calce

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

"Let's just hope that all the world is run by Bill Gates before the Perl hackers can destroy it." - Erik Naggum

"See, unlike most hackers, I get little joy out of figuring out how to install the latest toy." - Jamie Zawinski

"Most hackers graduate from Unix and Linux platforms. They know them intimately. They don't try to exploit them" - Dean Stockwell

"It is only the inadequacy of the criminal code that saves the hackers from very serious prosecution." - Ken Thompson

"Lots of Americans, they do think that yes, Russian hackers are everywhere. Russian hackers are in every fridge, Russian hackers are in every iron and so on and so forth. But this is not true. Those are fake news and this is slander." - Dmitry Peskov

"The hackers don't want to destroy the network. They want to keep it running, so they can keep making money from it." - Vinton Cerf

"I've got six months to sort out the hackers, get the Japanese knotweed under control and find an acceptable form of narcissus." - Jasper Fforde

"While the vast majority of hackers may be disinclined towards violence, it would only take a few to turn cyber terrorism into reality." - Dorothy E. Denning

"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 intent of the individuals who created the DDoS attacks has nothing to do with hacking, and they are vandals, not hackers." - Kevin Mitnick

"While many hackers have the knowledge, skills, and tools to attack computer systems, they generally lack the motivation to cause violence or severe economic or social harm." - Dorothy E. Denning

"Celebrities, make it harder for hackers to get nude pics of you from your computer by not putting nude pics of yourself on the computer." - Ricky Gervais

"There's beauty in people who reinvent themselves. Actors live a thousand lives, as do hackers ... the personality can play around forever." - Shia Labeouf

"We know hackers steal people's identities and infiltrate private e-mails. We know foreign countries and companies swipe our corporate secrets." - Barack Obama

"Incredibly, hackers were able to obtain at least 20 million identities of people who under FBI background and were under FBI background investigations." - Donald Trump

"[Hackers] did not stop. They - they came after us absolutely every day until the end of the election. They tried to hack into our system repeatedly." - Donna Brazile

"Hackers are nerdy, pasty, tubby, little geeks with triple thick glasses and this is probably a demented otaku with smelly feet. So catching him will be a breeze!" - Keiko Nobumoto

"In the hacking world, security is more of a response than a proactive measure. They wait for hackers to attack and then they patch, based on the attacks." - Michael Demon Calce

"Humans make mistakes. Programmers are bound to make mistakes. Hackers, you can bet your life, are going to be there to exploit those mistakes." - Michael Demon Calce

"While many hackers have the knowledge, skills, and tools to attack computer systems, they generally lack the motivation to cause violence or severe economic or social harm." - Dorothy Denning

"While the vast majority of hackers may be disinclined towards violence, it would only take a few to turn cyber terrorism into reality." - Dorothy Denning

"Well, take the evolution of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. It began as hackers' rights. Then it became general civil liberties of everybody - government stay away." - Esther Dyson

"New security loopholes are constantly popping up because of wireless networking. The cat-and-mouse game between hackers and system administrators is still in full swing." - Kevin Mitnick

"As economic life relies more and more on the Internet, the potential for small bands of hackers to launch devastating attacks on the world economy is growing." - Evgeny Morozov

"U.S. computer networks and databases are under daily cyber attack by nation states, international crime organizations, subnational groups, and individual hackers." - John O Brennan

"Hackers are breaking the systems for profit. Before, it was about intellectual curiosity and pursuit of knowledge and thrill, and now hacking is big business." - Kevin Mitnick

"If you wanna know how not secure you are, just take a look around. Nothing's secure. Nothing's safe. I don't hate technology, I don't hate hackers, because that's just what comes with it, without those hackers we wouldn't solve the problems we need to solve, especially security." - Fred Durst

"Service disruptions have to be avoided or at least resolved as quickly as possible. When the Internet goes down, consumers don't notice the difference between a technical malfunction, an act of sabotage by hackers or a military attack." - Thomas de Maiziere

"Information Superhighway is really an acronym for 'Interactive Network For Organizing, Retrieving, Manipulating, Accessing And Transferring Information On National Systems, Unleashing Practically Every Rebellious Human Intelligence, Gratifying Hackers, Wiseacres, And Yahoos'." - Kevin Kwaku

""Story-tellers" should listen seriously to design and architecture without getting all literary and imperial about that. Hackers are arrogant geek romantics. They lack the attentive spirit of inquiry." - Bruce Sterling

"I think some of the most interesting stuff was seeing how the Dark Web works and seeing how easy it is for hackers to break into your computer or your bank account or your private information." - Scott Eastwood

"The entire report [on Russians hackers attacks] is based on unnamed sources who are perhaps doing something they shouldn't be doing by speaking to reporters or someone talking out of line about something that is absolutely not true." - Reince Priebus

"I also want to make sure that when we debate these things [hackers attacks], that we actually have the facts that are very clear in front of us to have this debate." - Reince Priebus

"Certainly we're going to do whatever that loaded word retaliate is, we're going to do everything we can in order to prevent all of this stuff [Hackers attacks] from happening ever again." - Reince Priebus

"I think we need to get to the bottom of it. And I think there should be an investigation [of hackers attacks] because in order to defend ourselves against other adversarial countries, we have to protect our information." - Rand Paul

"I think it's a little premature to talk about response until we know exactly what happened, but we should know what happened. And we should know how to defend [against hackers attacks] ourselves without question." - Rand Paul

"Where there's a will, there's a way. Hackers tend to find a way. Code is also expanding. More lines of code means more probability that there is an exploit that can be [used]." - Michael Demon Calce

"I really do believe we can stuff enough algorithms in a movie that only the dedicated hackers can spend the time and effort to try to plumb through those 1,000 algorithms to try to find a way to beat it." - Jack Valenti

"nd the reason is is if you put a backdoor in, hackers can presumably get a hold of that backdoor as well and break it open. So you make systems less secure for everyone if you do that." - Rod Beckstrom

"Software has to be designed by hackers who understand design, not designers who know a little about software. If you can't design software as well as implement it, don't start a startup." - Paul Graham

"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

"The hackers who hacked into Sony have leaked the upcoming script for the new James Bond movie. Some of the executives said the news left them shaken but not stirred." - Conan O'Brien

"For the first time, individual hackers could afford to have home machines comparable in power and storage capacity to the minicomputers of ten years earlier - Unix engines capable of supporting a full development environment and talking to the Internet." - Eric S Raymond

"It is not just software glitches and corrupted memory cards that should be on the minds of election officials. Hackers pose another very real problem whereby an election could be tilted towards a favored candidate." - Bob Barr

"The openness on which Apple had built its original empire had been completely reversed - but the spirit was still there among users. Hackers vied to 'jailbreak' the iPhone, running new apps on it despite Apple's desire to keep it closed." - Jonathan Zittrain

"Are hackers a threat? The degree of threat presented by any conduct, whether legal or illegal, depends on the actions and intent of the individual and the harm they cause." - Kevin Mitnick

"Hackers are becoming more sophisticated in conjuring up new ways to hijack your system by exploiting technical vulnerabilities or human nature. Don't become the next victim of unscrupulous cyberspace intruders." - Kevin Mitnick

"If hackers, if anyone committing a criminal act, wants to reduce their risk, they obviously don't involve anybody else. The greater the circle of people that know what you're doing, the higher the risk." - Kevin Mitnick

"If I compared myself to my kids, they know everything, and they're like small little hackers. I feel also that my identity can be stolen; I'm very paranoid about it compared to other people in the younger generation." - Michael Nyqvist

"When you choose a language, youre also choosing a community. The programmers youll be able to hire to work on a Java project wont be as smart as the ones you could get to work on a project written in Python. And the quality of your hackers probably matters more than the language you choose. Though, frankly, the fact that good hackers prefer Python to Java should tell you something about the relative merits of those languages." - Philip Greenspun

"If you close your eyes you can imagine the hackers sitting in a room, combing through the documents to find the ones that will draw the most blood. And in a room next door are American journalists doing the same thing. As demented and criminal as it is, at least the hackers are doing it for a cause. The press is doing it for a nickel." - Aaron Sorkin

"There are a lot of hackers today, you know, and they perform their work in such a filigreed and delicate manner and they can show their "tracks" anywhere and anytime. It may not even be a track; they can cover their activity so that it looks like hackers operating from other territories, from other countries. It is hard to check this activity, maybe not even possible. Anyway, we do not do that at the national level." - Vladimir Putin

"We hackers are a playful bunch; we'll hack anything, including language, if it looks like fun (thus our tropism for puns). Deep down, we like confusing people who are stuffier and less mentally agile than we are, especially when they're bosses. There's a little bit of the mad scientist in all hackers, ready to discombobulate the world and flip authority the finger - especially if we can do it with snazzy special effects." - Eric S Raymond

"There are proxies, proxy servers on the internet, and this is very typical for hackers to use. They create what are called proxy chains where they gain access to a number of different systems around the world, sometimes by hacking these, and they use them as sort of relay boxes." - Edward Snowden

"I have a G4 at home. Theyre great machines for individual users, and I even know a few core Linux hackers who are having a lot of fun with them. But if you want to move the needle on the non-Microsoft desktop, youve got to look elsewhere." - Nat Friedman

"I've never really been associated with the hackers very much. I am sympathetic to them. I understand how their mind works. It's like a child that is born and wants to explore every little - open up every little drawer there is and find out how the world works." - Steve Wozniak

"Lisp was far more powerful and flexible than any other language of its day; in fact, it is still a better design than most languages of today, twenty-five years later. Lisp freed ITS's hackers to think in unusual and creative ways. It was a major factor in their successes, and remains one of hackerdom's favorite languages." - Eric S Raymond

"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

"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

"This will include the various methods of internal monitoring, attack and penetration, investigation of suspected hackers or rogue employees - and you have plenty of rogue employees - and identity protection for government employees. The review team will also remain current on the constantly evolving new methods of attack and will attempt to anticipate them and develop defenses as often as possible before breaches occur." - Donald Trump

"To be successful, a campaign to maintain the free internet and freedom of information has to go beyond vandal hackers. Stunts designed not to provoke dialogue or persuade the public of the rightness of the cause but simply to throw up a middle finger to authority are more hindrance than help." - Heather Brooke

"Our civilization is facing a radical, imminent mass change. The alternative to the hierarchical power structure is based on mutual aid and group consensus. As hackers we can learn these systems, manipulate these systems, and shut down these systems if we need to." - Jeremy Hammond

"I was really fascinated by some of the things happening with Anonymous, the hackers group. I don't necessarily agree with everything they've done, but I thought it was a really interesting use of technology and the fact that there's a whole group of people who can take over systems and fight things from behind the scenes." - Michelle Gagnon

"From the Latin word "imponere", base of the obsolete English "impone" and translated as "impress" in modern English, Nordic hackers have coined the terms "imponator" (a device that does nothing but impress bystanders, referred to as the "imponator effect") and "imponade" (that "goo" that fills you as you get impressed with something - from "marmelade", often referred as "full of imponade", always ironic)." - Erik Naggum

"For countries such as Kenya to emerge as economic powerhouses, they need better infrastructure: roads, ports, smart grids and power plants. Infrastructure is expensive, and takes a long time to build. In the meantime, hackers are building 'grassroots infrastructure,' using the mobile-phone system to build solutions that are ready for market." - Ethan Zuckerman

"My parents had a software company making children's software for the Apple II+, Commodore 64 and Acorn computers. They hired these teenagers to program the software, and these guys were true hackers, trying to get more colors and sound and animation out of those computers." - Bre Pettis

"I seem to be getting a lot of things pushed my way that are strong women. It's like people see Hackers and they send me offers to play tough women with guns, the kind who wear no bra and a little tank top. I'd like to play strong women who are also very feminine." - Angelina Jolie

"I am well aware of the facts presented by numerous security experts on the many ways in which the United States' digital networks have come under siege by cybercriminals and under daily assault by hackers in league with various foreign governments." - Rebecca Mackinnon

"What we're going to get as this next generation grows up is more hacking skills and this is spreading geographically also - Africa is about to come on the scene, South and Central America are going to be major sources of hackers. These people have got to be engaged with." - Misha Glenny

"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

"I haven't seen - I haven't heard the arguments that would make that case. And I haven't seen a proposal yet that satisfies the objections. The problem is, you create a key like this, and it can't - it's hard to say that it's going to be hidden. And then it becomes used both by our government in multiple cases, but also it could get out as far as hackers are concerned or other countries." - Angus King

"We want Facebook to be one of the best places people can go to learn how to build stuff. If you want to build a company, nothing better than jumping in and trying to build one. But Facebook is also great for entrepreneurs/hackers. If people want to come for a few years and move on and build something great, that's something we're proud of." - Mark Zuckerberg

"The criminal justice system - although this applies less to the U.S., where rehabilitation is not seen as a valuable contribution to criminal justice - in Europe where rehab is supposed to be integral, we have no way of rehabilitating skilled hackers. On the contrary what we do is we demonize them and continue to do so after they come out of jail because we restrict their access to computers by law. Crazy world, crazy people." - Misha Glenny

"Russian hackers interfered in our elections, and we like penalized a few of them. Whatever they're doing underground, we don't know. No, this is going to be a big issue. And I have to say the Barack Obama - the Donald Trump position is, A, mystifying, but, B, doomed. He has a nice little Vladimir Putin romance going on right now. I think we're going to get out the hankies, because this is going to turn into an ugly relationship within a year or two." - David Brooks



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