What is a Hacker?
A hacker is someone who has an enthusiasm for "breaking into" or externally analyzing a system. The goal of hacking is to get below-the-surface information, and, in some case, to change that information.
Some typical things hackers do today:
- break into moral systems, replacing previously existing ethics with "hacker ethics"
- gain access
to political discussions, and insert data on privacy, civil liberties, and censorship
- intercept the lexicon
being used to discuss hacking, and redefine the variables
Previous iterations of hackers were known to use these same kinds of techniques on phones, computers, and the like. However, penetrating these systems has gone out of fashion. Current hackers prefer to perform all their hacking using recursive techniques, and program-as-data, to hack the concept of hacking. So far, no base case has been defined.