Hackers Easter Egg - Manifesto

In hackers, after the newbie is arrested, some guys are out watching his house. One of them reads part of a hackers manifesto out loud. This is in fact a real manifesto written by a hacker named "Mentor" shortly before he was arrested.

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Contributed By: Willyl on 10-20-1999
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Poromenos writes:
Quoting (I keep a copy of it on my HDD :): Mentor's last words 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 1950's technobrain, ever take a look behind the eyes of the hacker? Did you ever wonder what made him tick, what forces 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 of 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've listened to teachers explain for the fifteenth time how to reduce a fraction. I understand 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. I made a discovery today. I found 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 feels threatened by me... Or thinks I'm a smart ass... Or doesn't like teaching and shouldn't be here... Damn kid. All he does is play games. 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 incompetencies is sought... a board is found. "This is it... this is where I belong..." I know everyone here... even if I've 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've been spoon-fed baby food at school when we hungered for steak... the bits of meat that you did let slip through were pre-chewed and tasteless. We've been dominated by sadists, or ignored by the apathetic. The few that had something to teach found us willing pupils, but those few are like drops of water in the desert. This is our world now... the world of the electron and the switch, the beauty of the baud. We make use of a service already existing without paying for what could be dirt-cheap if it wasn't run by profiteering 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 color, 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 good, yet we're the criminals. Yes, I am a criminal. My crime is that of curiosity. My crime is that of judging people by what they say and think, not what they look like. My crime is that of outsmarting you, something that you will never forgive me for. 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. +++The Mentor+++ Quoted from: MENTOR'S LAST WORDS also known as MENTOR'S MANIFESTO also known as A HACKER'S MANIFESTO By "The Mentor", hacker and member of the famous The Legion of Doom (LOD) who got crushed by the police and SS (secret service).
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The EnIgMa writes:
Hacker Manifesto: "This is our world now... the world of the electron and the switch, the beauty of the baud. We make use of a service already existing without paying for what could be dirt-cheap if it wasn't run by profiteering 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 color, 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 good, yet we're the criminals. Yes, I am a criminal. My crime is that of curiosity. My crime is that of judging people by what they say and think, not what they look like. My crime is that of outsmarting you, something that you will never forgive me for. 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."
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RevNook writes:
The 'Hackers Manifesto'...Something that may need to be added. Now we have 'black hat' hackers, those who wish to do harm and 'White hat' hackers, who wish to find problems and report them to the companies who have the problems. Two different breeds of hackers, yet bot can be prosecuted for cyber-terrorism. Then there are those of us who are the original hackers, as I have dubbed 'Blue hat' hackers. The Black hats need to be prosecuted, they are the ones who enter secured systems solely for the reason to causing harm. The White hats need recognition for contributing to the safety of vulnerable systems in the attempt to help point out and fix the problems. Then there are the Blue hats, the originals. We neither want to harm or to help, and while that may sound selfish, uncaring and irresponsible; it is nothing more than our wishes to continue that which we have always done...acquire information. We don't want to sell the information which we gain, we don't want to exploit what which we know (your vulnerabilities) or pass out the secrets of how to invade your systems or pass out the knowledge in which we gain from browsing your information. We 'Blue hats' only want the information for our own personal knowledge. Our reward is knowing what you know. We Blue hats are solely on a quest for knowledge...nothing more. The Black hats want to do harm, and that gives the White and Blue hats a bad rep. It puts us all in the same catagory as cyber-terrorists. Personaly, I have the knowledge and ability to do harm, and have even had people ask me to teach them these dark ways...But I refuse, I'm not that kind of person. The White and Blue hats all have this ability, but we refuse to teach it...and why? The White hats want to help, the Blue hats just want to know and neither of us want to harm.
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Sippan writes:
Sigh, I have to correct you again. First off the text is mostly known as "The Conscience of a Hacker" and second, Lloyd Blankenship (handle The Mentor) gave them permission to use his text in the movie, so he couldn't sue them for copyright violations. You would also have known this if you had bothered to read the texts at the end of the movie. I always do.
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a1b2c3d4 writes:
The hacker’s manifesto is the real one only they left half of it out… mostly the begging. (Mentors Last Words) Can be found in the Anarchist Cook Book By: Jolly Rogers
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Grifter writes:
You can find the Hackers Manifesto Here: http://grifter.hektik.org/Hacking/General/manifesto.txt There is also other hacker related materials on that site.
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KillerBob writes:
Don't talk about Jolly Rogers. Not a hacker. An anarchist, and wanna-be terrorist. He teaches you how to make bombs out of fertilizer and diesel oil (the explosive's known as anfo, if you're wondering. Ammonium-Nitrate-Fuel-Oil). Rogers either knows nothing about, or simply doesn't want to bother with, teaching you how to usurp the root account on a unix box. (Actually, it's surprisingly easy....)
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n0cTHe0n writes:
hmmm why did the manifesto come in many versions? and you bet yer ass that mentor's manifesto is indeed very inspiring and everyone can 'catch' the spirit within those words.... - pass over the knowledge... or humanity will fall... -
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miked writes:
Actually, the hacker's manifesto read in the movie is not the same as the "real" one. Imagine a hacker suing a movie company for copyright violations? heh (thanks enigma)
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sheiper. writes:
I don't see how this is an easter egg its part of the culture this highly fictional movie is supposed to be playing. It cant be all fabricated can it?
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White Rabbit writes:
We make use of a service already existing without paying for what could be dirt-cheap if it wasn't run by profiteering gluttons... From Mentor's Manifesto. Also, if any of you remember... said by Razor and Blade when talking about "how to get free phone calls" when the group is watching "Hack the Planet"! :) Whomever wrote this film really had trouble coming up with his own lines, didn't he?
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Jill writes:
Did you know that one of the cops outside of Joey's house is Marc Anthony? I just figured I'd let you all in on this neat little tidbit if you didn't know before.
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I'm sorry. Who?
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Kage writes:
Hate to break this to you, but Mentor himself was not a so called "hacker" (as it were at the time). He was a social revolutionary - not a (ugh I hate this word these days) "hacker".
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AntiPLazmaN writes:
Actually, it was "The Mentor", not just mentor.
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Braden writes:
A singer who sang "You Sang To Me".
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metan01d writes:
"social revolutionary", social engineer, 'hacker'--what's the difference? *smile* deconstructing people (and oneself) is fun and easy!
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there is a website with all these hacking tips and the whole version of the manifesto..i don't remember the site address(it was a year ago!)... there is no right and wrong only fun and boring :)
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