“Hacking”, as defined by Techopedia, is the “unauthorised intrusion into a computer or a network”. Personally, in the past, the insinuation of the word carried very negative connotations, and was certainly lacking any consideration regarding ethics.
Which is why I was fascinated to learn about the “The Hackers Manifesto By The Mentor”, which was “one of the first attempts at describing the hacker culture from the perspective of a hacker himself”. Below is a video of “The Mentor” giving a speech about his work in 2002.
And so, with the emergence of a hacker subculture, we see the manifestation of a certain respective “code of ethics” – just as would be expected in any other form of division. Information freedom, the sharing of secrets, the disregard for hierarchies and the playful encounter with such closed systems are all elements which stem from the hacker ethics of the 1980’s and 90’s. And whether it’s social hacktivists, ethical hackers, your neophyte or blue hat hacker, this code forms a foundation upon which many assumed rules of conduct are built.