The History of Hacking

hackerWas reading this today and thought it was a well written piece on the history of hacking, how it started and what its become today. While hacking is not what I remember it to be when I first started on with computing, in that hacking was merely related in terms of hacking the Windows registry in order to tweak the system a bit etc.

These days its more known for the intrusion into another’s computer system, and we are seeing a lot of this sort of hacking these days with the Sony, Nintendo and now the Citi Bank hacking intrusions.

“In the early decades of the 21st century the word “hacker” has become synonymous with people who lurk in darkened rooms, anonymously terrorising the internet.

But it was not always that way. The original hackers were benign creatures. Students, in fact.

To anyone attending the Massachusetts Institute of Technology during the 1950s and 60s, a hack was simply an elegant or inspired solution to any given problem.

Many of the early MIT hacks tended to be practical jokes. One of the most extravagant saw a replica of a campus police car put on top of the Institute’s Great Dome.

Over time, the word became associated with the burgeoning computer programming scene, at MIT and beyond. For these early pioneers, a hack was a feat of programming prowess.”

Read the full article HERE at BBC Technology News

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