The Birth Of Hacking
The society of the late 1970s and early 1980s was greatly influenced by the arrival of the personal computer; it was during this time that the computing technology was reduced in size enough to fit comfortably into the home and to be called "personal computers" or PCs.
While the number of PC users increased, a rather mysterious fringe element developed within this population: hackers. This term, popularized in 1983 by Newsweek magazine, describes users who prefer to dig into the innards of a computer, rather than simply use it. They are playful and curious, individualistic and smart, and have a passion for computers and networks. And they are also the nightmare of network administrators, security services and even the FBI.
Some hackers have left their marks on the history of computers, becoming idols for a whole class of newer computer users. Let's go back and take a look at these computer gods, some of whom could break every known protection, and even became involved in great virtual manhunts with the powers that be.
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Here in the USA, we aren't barbarians, and the only people who would even deserve such harsh treatment would be rapists and their ilk. Even so, we just lock em up and release them on probation a few months/years later. :P
Not perfect, but I say cutting off fingers because you're too stupid to take basic steps to protect your system? Kinda harsh.
The difference between a robber and a hacker, is that you can completely stop a hacker by unplugging your phone line from your modem.
Do that, for the sake of humanity. :P
At least you did take the moral high ground.
You neglected to mention Electron and Phoenix ... clearly they were better than most of these mentioned here.
"Well it is important info, but i don't think you can call them the best :) they got basted after all. Governments got best hackers if you ask me. "
Lol, where do you think the Government found there hackers? They hired guys like this ^^Rofl
its good to be a hacker