WHAT IS HACKING? HACKING is an educational process of working through a problem with limited knowledge to arrive at a solution which improves the individual's understanding of the problem. The word HACK (as techie JARGON) originated with the MIT Tech Model RailRoad Club (TMRC) in the 1950's. Members of the club would call their clever modifications to electronic switching relays 'hacks'. When the TX-0 and PDP-1 machines were introduced, the TMRC members began using their jargon to describe what they were doing with the computers. This went on for years as new machines such as the PDP-6 and later the PDP-10 were introduced. A HACK is a solution that has seemingly magical properties. "Its not suppose to work, but I HACKed it into working." What the TMRC (Tech Model RailRoad Club) says about hacking: We at TMRC use the term "hacker" only in its original meaning, someone who applies ingenuity to create a clever result, called a "hack". The essence of a "hack" is that it is done quickly, and is usually inelegant. It accomplishes the desired goal without changing the design of the system it is embedded in. Despite often being at odds with the design of the larger system, a hack is generally quite clever and effective. This original benevolent meaning stands in stark contrast to the later and more commonly used meaning of a "hacker", typically as a person who breaks into computer networks in order to steal or vandalize. Here at TMRC, where the words "hack" and "hacker" originated and have been used proudly since the late 1950s, we resent the misapplication of the word to mean the committing of illegal acts. People who do those things are better described by expressions such as "thieves", "password crackers". or "computer vandals". They are certainly not true hackers, as they do not understand the hacker ethic. There is nothing wrong with HACKING or being a HACKER. What you must understand is that TRESPASSING, MALICE, BREAKING AND ENTERING and DECEPTION have absolutely nothing to do with HACKING. TRESPASSING: The act of unlawfully entering or damaging property or the rights of another. Logging into or accessing someone else's computer (property) without their consent. MALICE: A desire to harm others or to see others suffer; extreme ill will or spite. BREAKING AND ENTERING: The act of entering property without permission by way of the act or force through picking or breaking a lock; guessing a computer account password or other methods of trespass. DECEPTION: The act of altering another's perception of the truth by taking advantage of their trust for personal gain and without concern for the consequences. If you believe these or other criminal actions have anything to do with HACKING, then please consider not using SDF.