We mock that which we don’t understand…

Posted by on May 10, 2005

NY Times reporting on the investigation of the Cisco attacks of 2004.

They saw the activity in April 2004. Now they have SOME suspects. As usual they are pointing all of their fingers at a young geek, a 16 year old…this particular 16 year old is in Sweden. They also have a handle used by someone boasting of the attacks…”Stakkato”.

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?

Hacker Manifesto,
The Mentor, 1986

Please know that I’m not justifying these acts. I am condemning, however, the Times attitude towards this “quaint hacker” as Wren Montgomery(Grad student in Geophysics…imagine that) calls him. It’s an odd mixture of disgust for the act, empathy for the attacker, and outrage at the environment that spawned everything related to this mess. The kid screwed up, no doubt about it, and deserves what the legal system has coming at him. I do not believe he deserves this petty denigration.

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