The Hackers Manifesto By The Mentor – Hacker Text

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This Hackers Manifesto is a seminal piece of writing from the underground, the ultimate hacker text, forgotten by many but adored by many more. It still resonates with me and has as much meaning as it did back in the day when I first read it in Phrack Issue 7.

The Hackers Manifesto


If you don’t know anything about the Hacker Manifesto or have never even heard of it, read it and read it carefully. It dates back to 1986 and was penned by Loyd Blankenship AKA The Mentor shortly after his arrest by the FBI for computer related crimes (more at Wikipedia).

The Hackers Manifesto – Hacker Text

I found an ancient copy of The Hackers Manifesto when I was switching over the new server and thought it’d probably be better if I posted it up here on the new site instead of in the nasty old HTML.

I guess many of you have read it before, and I hope you enjoy reading it again. My main aim though is to introduce it to newer people in the industry and hope they share it amongst their peers as it still embodies the hacker ethos and is the ultimate hacker manifesto.

If you enjoyed this you can also check out the seminal hacking piece Writing Worms for Fun or Profit.

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12 Responses to The Hackers Manifesto By The Mentor – Hacker Text

  1. GZero April 21, 2010 at 11:06 am #

    I read this when I was about 9. Really never looked back.

    Thanks.

  2. und3r April 21, 2010 at 1:06 pm #

    This testimony was rediscovered, The Mentor, got up for an ethics indescribable, The Mentor, forever in our memories!
    Embraces, MEL !

  3. TheLightcosine April 21, 2010 at 1:28 pm #

    wow, now that brings back some memories!

  4. Navin April 21, 2010 at 2:05 pm #

    On the same page as GZero….read it when I was very young!

    This and Mitnick’s The Art Of Deception are arguably the most influential pieces of literature I’ve read! :)

    • Rishabh Dangwal April 22, 2010 at 11:45 am #

      Ditto here..read it when I was 11..read one of books by the now script kiddie Ankit fadiya back then and was hooked to zines when grew a bit older.. The manifesto always motivatesd me to do a bit more..

  5. CBRP1R8 April 22, 2010 at 2:33 pm #

    Read it a few years after it came out, but I do remember the story as well, no truer words spoken. Was part of the Free Kevin Campaign…

    :D

  6. Calico Jack April 24, 2010 at 2:25 am #

    In a similar vein.

    Articles of Internet Piracy.

    Article 1:
    A Pirate has no dealings with criminals, be they suits or gangstas.
    Copying is not stealing for nothing is taken. We seek to own only that which has been made falsely scarce. A Pirate takes not the just profit from those that create content, instead we deny it to those middlemen that steal from all and contribute nothing. For we are not lost sales if we could never buy it anyway. We support not the broken business models of greedy industries.

    Article 2:
    Any Pirate has equal title to those fresh warez, or strongly seeded torrents as may be found, and use of them at Pleasure. For preferance d/l only clean legal content, unless a Scarcity make it necessary to obtain them otherwise.

    Article 3:
    Every Pirate must obey civil usage:
    For every torrent downloaded, seed at least 1:2 ratio.
    Unless your bandwidth be meager, then seed after you’ve d/l’ed by 1:1.
    A pirate is not a leech.

    Article 4:
    Only d/l what content you can’t afford to see or hear otherwise.
    Support the artists as much as you can. If you cannot pay them, do not keep them a secret but spread the word and encourage others to buy their work. Reputation and word of mouth be free, and priceless.

    Article 5:
    Any person who poisons a torrent, or finds and does not report a poisoned torrent, deserves to be shunned, banned or mocked without mercy, until their rep be deep sixed.

    Article 6:
    Any Pirate, that betrays another pirate to the authorities or his ISP, shall suffer whatever punishment as /b/stards deem fit to dish out.

    • under01 April 25, 2010 at 12:16 am #

      I believe more of the old hackers we have first the Cyberpunk Code.

  7. DL April 25, 2010 at 12:08 pm #

    thx for good memories!

  8. V April 27, 2010 at 9:21 am #

    well that was interesting.

  9. pieface April 28, 2010 at 4:44 am #

    This also features in the 2600 hackers odyssey year book,only read the article recently,intresting piece.

  10. Pronoein April 29, 2010 at 3:54 pm #

    Where and how can I contact an authentic community of hackers with such an code?