The IAB strongly endorses the view of the Division Advisory Panel of the National Science Foundation Division of Network, Communications Research and Infrastructure which, in paraphrase, characterized as unethical and unacceptable any activity which purposely:
(a) seeks to gain unauthorized access to the resources of the Internet,
Internet Activities Board, Ethics and the Internet, RFC 1087, January 1989.
The originally definition of a hacker was a talented computer programmer that could solve almost any problem very quickly, often by innovative, unconventional means. Today it is sometimes used to mean someone that tries to break into other people’s computers or creates a computer virus, which isn’t quite as noble a concept — these folks are more properly called “crackers”. The following sections provide descriptions of various famous Internet hackers and crackers and provides references to a few well-known hacker related sites.
The last of the true hackers:
Some well known crackers:
- Hacker Related Sites – Hacker sites and newsgroups, and archives of previously hacked sites.