Hacker Manifesto

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The Hackermanifest (Original: The Conscience of a Hacker ) is an article by Loyd Blankenship published in 1986 , which became one of the most important texts in the network and computer security hacker culture.


The article was written on January 8, 1986. He appeared under the pseudonym The Mentor in Phrack , the most famous underground hacker magazine in the United States . As a result, it spread widely within the hacker culture and its author developed into one of its leading figures. Accordingly, it is now available in many translations on numerous websites.

In terms of content, the Hacker Manifesto defends ethical principles and conveys the spirit of optimism that prevailed at the time mostly among young computer enthusiasts and hackers. The article criticizes society, which, according to Blankenship, tries to maintain the existing balance of power through the control and economic exploitation of information and knowledge. The author contrasts this with the hacker in the true sense of the word, a curiosity-driven individual who strives for free, equal access to information. Blankenship accuses society, which allows wars, murders and weapons of mass destruction, but criminalizes this pursuit of knowledge, as hypocritical and lying.

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Individual evidence

  1. Hacker magazine "Phrack": Last edition after 20 years appears in print form. July 18, 2005. Available online at news.at
  2. Larry Loeb (2002): Hack proofing XML. Page 21. Syngress Verlag. Burlington, Massachusetts.

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