Hackers are not criminals

Essay by djcyanideHigh School, 12th grade September 2002

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A Hacker is not a criminal

Another one got caught today; it's all over the papers. "Teenager Arrested in Computer Crime Scandal", "Hacker Arrested after Bank Tampering"... Damn kids. They're all alike. But did you, in your three-piece psychology and 1960's techno-brain, ever took a look behind the eyes of a real hacker? Did you ever wonder what made him tick, what forces moulded him, what may have fashioned him to something that you today call a criminal?

The story begins in his school... He is smarter than most of the other kids, the crap they teach him is bore... Response: Damn underachiever. Least interested in studies. They're all alike. He's in high school. He has listened to teachers explain for the fifteenth time how to generate a fibonacci series. But he never got a pat on his back for anything, he always had to explain, "I do understand it Ma'm.

No, Ms. Singh, I didn't show my rough work, I did it in my head. Believe me Ma'm!" and gets a stern reply, "Damn kid. Probably copied it. They're all alike."

Then things got different, he got his hands on a computer. "Wait a second this is cool. It does what I want it to. If it makes a mistake, it's because I screwed it up. Not because it doesn't like me... Or thinks I'm a smart ass?" Response: "Damn kid. All he does is play games. Tying up the phone line again. They're all alike." And then it happened... a door opened to a world... rushing through the phone line like heroin through an addict's veins, an electronic pulse is sent out, a refuge from the day-to-day incompetence's is sought... a board is found. This is it... this is where He belongs... He knows everyone here... even...