20th Century: 1965 – Hacker

Hacker

  • A computer hacker is any skilled computer expert who uses their technical knowledge to overcome a problem or make a hack more efficient.
  • A hardware hacker is any skilled computer expert who uses their technical knowledge to overcome a problem or make a hack more efficient.

Hacker Ethos

  • Access to computers—and anything which might teach you something about the way the world works—should be unlimited and total. Always yield to the Hands-On Imperative!
  • Mistrust authority—promote decentralization.
  • All information should be free.
  • Hackers should be judged by their hacking, not criteria such as degrees, age, race, sex, or position.
  • You can create art and beauty on a computer.
  • Computers can change your life for the better.

MIT Hacks…

1959 – The first-ever reference to malicious hacking is ‘telephone hackers’ in MIT’s student newspaper, The Tech of hackers tying up the lines with Harvard, configuring the PDP-1 to make free calls, war dialing, and accumulating large phone bills.

1979 – A lifesize fiberglass cow appeared on top of the Great Dome. The cow was later installed in the MIT Museum in the Stata Center.

1994 – A carefully assembled outer frame of a car painted as an MIT Campus Police car appeared on top of the Great Dome. This hack quickly gained recognition on many local news sources and on national television.

April 1, 1998 – As an April Fool’s Day prank, the MIT home page was replaced with a page announcing the university had been bought by The Walt Disney Company for $6.9 billion. The hacked page showed a picture of Mickey Mouse ears atop the Great Dome and replaced the letter I in MIT with the lower-case “i” from Disney’s wordmark. It even contained a fake press release with statements purportedly from Disney and MIT officials, detailing terms of the acquisition.

September 11, 2006 – A life-sized “MIT Fire Department” fire truck was placed on the Great Dome, presumably to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks. The logo painted on the truck’s sides featured the two figures from the MIT seal dressed as firemen, along with the motto MEMINIMUS (“We remember”).

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