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 psychology and 1950' s , ever take a look behind the eyes ‘ the hacker? Did you ever wonder what made him
tick, what lb mes shaped him, what may have molded him?
I am a hacker, enter my world,,,
Mine is a world that begins with school,,, I' m smarter than most ‘ the other kids, this crap they teach us bores me,,,
Damn underachiever. They' re all alike.
I' m in junior high or high school. I' listened to teachers explain for the fifteenth time how to reduce a fraction. Iunderstand it. "No, Ms. Smith, I didn' t
show my work, I did it in my head,,,"
Damn kid. Probably copied it. They' re all alike.
Imade a dis cover_ v today. I found a computer. Wait a second, this is cool. It do es what I want it to, If it makes a mistake, it' s becausei screwed it up. Not
because it doesn' t like me,,, Dr feels threatened by me,, Dr thinks I' m a smart ass.. Ur doesn' t like teaching and shouldn' t be here,,,
Damn kid. All he do es is play gnu es. 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 reins, an electronic pulse is sent out, a
refuge from the incompetence's is sought... a board is found. "This is it,,, this is where I belong..." I know ever_ vone here,,, even if I' never
met them, never talked to them, may never hear from them again... I know you all...
Damn kid. Tying up the phone line again. They' re all alike...
You bet your ass we' re all alike... we' been spo knifed baby lb at school when we hungered for steak... the bits ‘ meat that you did let slip through
were and tasteless. We' re been dominated by sadists_. or ignored by the apathetic. The few that had som Yhing to teach found us willing pupils,
but those few are like drops ‘ water in the desert.
This is our world now... the world ‘ the electron and the switch, the beauty ‘ the baud. We make use of a service already existing without paying for
what could be if it wasn' t run by pro littering gluttons_. and you call us criminals, We explore... and you call us criminals, We seek after
knowledge... and you call us criminals, We exist without skin colo r, without nationality, without religious bias... and you call us criminals, You build
atomic bombs, you wage wars, you murder. cheat, and lie to us and try to make us believe it' s for our own go , yet we' re the criminals,
Yes, 1 am a crim inal My crime is that of curiosity. My crime is that rejudging people by what they say and think, not what they look like. My crime is
that of outsi "ting you, som Yhing that you will never lb ggive me lb r.
I am a hacker, and this is my manifesto. You may stop this individual, but you can' t stop us all... after all, we' re all alike.