Best Quotes About Hacker

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I think Linux is a great thing, in the big picture. It's a great hacker's tool, and it has a lot of potential to become something more. -Jamie Zawinski

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

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

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

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

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

I heard Thackeray thank Heaven for the purity of Dickens. I thanked Heaven for the purity of a greater than Dickens – Thackeray himself. -Goldwin Smith

Between Scott on the earlier side and Dickens and Thackeray on the other, there was an immense production of novels, illustrated by not a few names which should rank high in the second class, while some would promote more than one of them to the first. -George Saintsbury

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Three-quarters of our sites – Kotaku, Gawker, Jezebel, Deadspin, Gizmodo, Lifehacker – are led by editors who built their careers within Gawker Media. That's the career path. -Nick Denton

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

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

A faithful lifehacker would use technology to avoid dead time and move on to the entertaining, more gratifying activities as soon as possible. -Evgeny Morozov

Sleephackers go to bed with sensors on their wrists and foreheads and maintain detailed electronic sleep diaries, which they often share online. To shift between sleep phases, sleephackers experiment with various diets, room and body temperatures, and kinds of pre-sleep physical exercise. -Evgeny Morozov

When writers don't know what to do with a character, they build up the supporting cast and universe to kind of hide that fact. After a while, you can no longer see the character for the underbrush. When that happens, you need to bring out the weed-whacker to clear some of that away so you can focus on the main character. -J. Michael Straczynski

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

If Anonymous and Lulzsec are the id of hacking, then physical hackerspaces are the heart of the higher-minded hacking ideals: freedom of information, meritocracy of ideas, a joy of learning and anti-authoritarianism. -Heather Brooke

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

News and images move so easily across borders that attitudes and aspirations are no longer especially national. Cyber-weapons, no longer the exclusive province of national governments, can originate in a hacker's garage. -Robert Reich

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

One of the turning points in the look of the Guardian is when we decided Logan Thackeray would be a Guardian as opposed to a Warrior. Logan's own protective nature and the fact that the humans have been knocked back into defensive positions informed a lot of what the Guardian became. -Jeff Grubb

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

It's not enough to have a hacker culture anymore. You have to have a design culture, too. -Robert Scoble

In the aftermath of the oh-so-predictable crash, the Bitcoin fanatics have begun marshaling out excuse after excuse for why this non-investment investment lost so much of its value so fast. One was that hackers attacked some of the exchanges for Bitcoins and crippled it. Really? A hacker can wreck an entire market? -Kurt Eichenwald

Sena under the leadership of Uddhav Thackeray has failed. It is a party on the decline, and that decline started the day Maharashtra Navnirman Sena was formed. -Sharad Pawar

The guardians of your company's cyber security should be encouraged to network within the industry to swap information on the latest hacker tricks and most effective defenses. -Nina Easton

We face cyber threats from state-sponsored hackers, hackers for hire, global cyber syndicates, and terrorists. They seek our state secrets, our trade secrets, our technology, and our ideas – things of incredible value to all of us. They seek to strike our critical infrastructure and to harm our economy. -James Comey

An element of virtually every national security threat and crime problem the FBI faces is cyber-based or facilitated. We face sophisticated cyber threats from state-sponsored hackers, hackers for hire, organized cyber syndicates, and terrorists. -James Comey

I met a lot of hackers, and some of them were very arrogant. They thought I was stupid because I couldn't follow what they were talking about. But then I met this great guy whom companies hire to find their security holes, and he was very good about explaining so I could understand. -David Lagercrantz

I talked to the general counsel of the DNC, and he assures me that every step along the way, when we were notified of these issues, that we changed systems, changed procedures, but these hackers are so sophisticated that they changed procedures. -Donna Brazile

Do you think the Chinese think twice about hiring a hacker with a mohawk or a tattooed face? No. -John McAfee

I think the thing that our government lacks – just about more than anything else – is technological competence. We have some of the greatest white-hat hackers in the world here in the U.S., but the government seems to be technologically illiterate. -John McAfee

A hacker is someone who uses a combination of high-tech cybertools and social engineering to gain illicit access to someone else's data. -John McAfee

When a hacker gains access to any corporate data, the value of that data depends on which server, or sometimes a single person's computer, that the hacker gains access to. -John McAfee

Social engineering has become about 75% of an average hacker's toolkit, and for the most successful hackers, it reaches 90% or more. -John McAfee

'Pride And Prejudice' takes place in a similar period to 'Vanity Fair,' and yet there's a huge difference between Jane Austen and Thackeray. -Natasha Little

Biohackers want to tinker; do fun science; and, in the process, accelerate the pace of biotech innovation. -Ryan Bethencourt

Simple genome engineering of bacteria and yeast is just the beginning of the rise of the true biohackers. This is a community of several thousand people, with skill sets ranging from self-taught software hackers to biology postdocs who are impatient with the structure of traditional institutional lab work. -Ryan Bethencourt

I do object to those who jump from political hackery to flackery and expect respect. -Molly Ivins

Thackeray is an institution that cannot become irrelevant because of one election. -Sharad Pawar

It was not a state secret that I would call on Thackeray. I was not hiding anything. -Sharad Pawar

If Wikileaks didn't resolve that question for folks – at the end of the day, there are no secrets. We're living in a glass neighborhood, in a fishbowl, and technology, white hat hackers, the folks that are doing the right thing with hacking. -Gavin Newsom

Computer hackers do not need to know each other's real names, or even live on the same continent, to steal millions in mere hours. -Robert Mueller

Growth hackers are typically computer engineers that build great marketing ideas into the product during the development process. -Ryan Holiday

Virality is not an accident. It is engineered. And that's why growth hackers beat traditional marketers. -Ryan Holiday

Growth hackers don't tolerate waste. -Ryan Holiday

Leveraging community intelligence and making connections is a key component to being a growth hacker. -Ryan Holiday

The big exchanges that hold customer deposits are a big target for hackers, and unfortunately, most bitcoin exchanges store user funds. -Erik Voorhees

If you're a juvenile delinquent today, you're a hacker. You live in your parent's house; they haven't seen you for two months. They put food outside your door, and you're shutting down a government of a foreign country from your computer. -John Waters

What fashion has started from hackers? They have bad posture, and they don't go out. I wish I had a hacker boyfriend – they stay at home up in the bedroom. -John Waters

The rudest possible gift is a gift card. It means you think the person is stupid and has no interests. The only good gift card is Bitcoin. You practically have to be a hacker to know about it. -John Waters

Bitcoin is here to stay. There would be a hacker uproar to anyone who attempted to take credit for the patent of cryptocurrency. And I wouldn't want to be on the receiving end of hacker fury. -Adam Draper

Too many public and private entities simply don't take advantage of tools already at their disposal to protect themselves from hackers. No amount of information sharing will help solve that problem. -Jared Polis

In the epic war over Silicon Valley's intellectual property, Bill Gates was on the side of licensing copyright and robust protections for intellectual property. He wasn't on the side of the hackers, and he didn't want information to be free. -Franklin Foer

It was on a bulletin board that I first learned about hacker culture, the 'Let's just break through this wall and see what's on the other side' mentality. -Harper Reed

Before I was hired by Obama's team as the CTO for his 2012 re-election campaign, I had certainly never been involved with anything of that nature before. Yet, I somehow knew I could do the job. I attribute that confidence to my experience as a hacker and the subsequent willingness to take risks. -Harper Reed

I would still describe myself as a hacker. I still remember feeling the magic, the sense of discovery, when I first connected to a bulletin board. It seemed like the world was somehow brighter, the greens were greener. Like I'd stepped through a portal to the other side. I knew back then that things would never be the same again for me. -Harper Reed

Very smart people are often tricked by hackers, by phishing. I don't exclude myself from that. It's about being smarter than a hacker. Not about being smart. -Harper Reed

One of my favourite books about hackers is 'Masters of Deception' about this hacking group in the 1990s. Many of them didn't come from wealthy families. These are kids that are very intelligent; they just happen to be misdirected. -Harper Reed

We fear hackers lifting our digital wallet, a public accounting of our private lives, and we wonder if the shoes that follow us around the Internet will someday, with the click of a distant mouse, look like the jackboots of old. -Richard Cohen

People in tech love to see their work as embodying the 'hacker ethos': a desire to break systems down in order to change them. But this pride can often be conveyed rather clumsily. -Jenna Wortham

Digital warfare, in the Clausewitz definition as 'the continuation of policy by other means,' reached Western public consciousness via my own country, Estonia, in 2007 when our governmental, banking, and news media servers were hit with 'distributed denial-of-service attacks,' which is when hackers overload servers until they shut down. -Toomas Hendrik Ilves

When hackers have access to powerful computers that use brute force hacking, they can crack almost any password; even one user with insecure access being successfully hacked can result in a major breach. -Toomas Hendrik Ilves

In the '80s, society created a caricature of what a hacker or a programmer looked like: a guy wearing a hoodie, drinking energy drinks, sitting in a basement somewhere coding. Today, programmers look like the men we see in the show 'Silicon Valley' on HBO. If you look at the message girls are getting, it's saying, 'This is not for you.' -Reshma Saujani

Most hacking incidents that you see are freelancers – maybe government sponsored, maybe not. They are out there trying to steal intellectual property, make some money. Or they might just be hackers who want to damage something for whatever reason. That's a fact of life that internet companies deal with all the time. -David Drummond

I roll my eyes at the grandstanding blowhards who have 'fixed' themselves, but I keep up with the gizmos and apps that track people's various rhythms. I'm no lifelogger or body-hacker, but I'm curious, and I want to be in-tune enough to know what's really the matter so I can level up and be at my most awesome. -Mary H.K. Choi

What we're looking at is a future where cars will be comfortable and safe and offer the luxuries of both home and office. That means lots of sensors and software, as well as the critical safety systems to protect the car's information from hackers. -Dinesh Paliwal

You have a very large population of hackers in Eastern Europe in general and Russia especially. A lot of them consider themselves patriotic individuals and will take broad direction from government policies. -Dmitri Alperovitch

Most of my life's information is public. I got a text one day from a hacker who texted me all of my credit card information. -DeRay Mckesson

It's no surprise that hackers working for North Korea, Iran's mullahs, Vladimir V. Putin in Russia, and the People's Liberation Army of China have all learned that the great advantage of cyberweapons is that they are the opposite of a nuke: hard to detect, easy to deny, and increasingly finely targeted. -David E. Sanger

I'm a little bit wary of people. It freaked me out when a fan connected with me on social media, then had plastic surgery to look like me, dyed his hair the same colour, and got a pug dog like mine. He was also a hacker, so I had to change all my passwords. -Belinda Carlisle

The core hacker premise that 'code wins arguments' is just another way of saying that anything is worth trying, regardless of whether it is a conservative or liberal idea, and that whatever works is worth keeping. -Glenn Kelman

Whereas any political party, and nearly all voters, prize consistency as a sign of authentic, values-driven thinking, it is deeply alien to the hacker, who holds that changing your mind is simply intelligence in action. -Glenn Kelman

I would love to be in an action movie. I've always wanted to play the hacker guy – like, the Jewy hacker guy who just gets yelled at. -Ad-Rock

I would say that if a man like Balasaheb Thackeray can exist, 'Sarkar' can exist. -Ram Gopal Varma

The one thing that I know from the personal experiences that I've had with hackers and from people in tech who are brilliant at this thing, is there's a lot of angst. -Sam Esmail

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