HACKER STAGES v1.03
r26MAR2000 by Elf Qrin
A human being who aims to become a hacker will typically pass through
He basically doesn't know anything about the
hacking scene, even if he may have a computer and Internet access. The only
things he knows about hackers is that they break computer systems and are
criminals. Some of them write for the newspapers.
One who confuses the hacking scene with different realities
such as the warez scene. He has a very poor knowdlege of the whole thing,
and try to impress mundane people with big words. His greatest achievement
is to put a trojan (wrote by someone else, and of which he is totally
clueless about how it works) in someone else's computer during an IRC or ICQ
chat and delete their files.
People that succeed in becoming hackers
usually pass this stage very quickly, or might skip it at all.
A Wannabe hacker found out that hacking is much more than
breaking into someone else's computer and it's rather a philosophy, or a way
of life. He just wants to know more, and starts to read hacking tutorials,
and searches the Net for serious hacking-related stuff.
Also referred as Newbie, a hacker in his larval stage
learns the basic techniques of hacking, discovers his firsts exploits, and
might try to break into someone else's system, just to make sure he figured
how to do that. However, at this stage he knows he shouldn't damage the
system nor delete anything, if it's not strictly necessary to cover his
It is hard to say when the final stage of hacker has been
reached, since there's always something new to learn and to discover (for
collecting information and exploring the boundaries is the same essence of a
hacker), but it's probably more something you feel. After all, being a
hacker is more a state of mind, and if you are not born hacker, you'll never
This is an unusual character, probably inspired to
Nietzsche's uebermann ("overman"). It appears on a document titled "A Guide
to Internet Security" by Christopher Klaus, dated December 5th, 1993, where
the author suggests how to fool hackers thanks to some "social engeneering",
gaining thus the status of "Ueberhacker".
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A hacker may achieve great experience and skills in a specific field or
subject (such as an operating system or an application), and get the following
One who has a very great knowledge about a certain
He knows about everything about a certain subject, including
undocumented features, and developed some tricks to go over its supposed
limits. If the subject is an application, he probably knows more about it
than its creators.
Other characters of the hacking scene:
This term derives from George Lucas' "Star
Wars". A Dark-side hacker, just like Darth Vader, is "seduced by the dark
side of the Force". It has nothing to do with the common idea of "good" and
"bad", but it's closer to the idea of "legal" and "chaotic" in
Dungeons&Dragons: a Dark-side hacker has the same skills of any hacker,
but his "dark" mind makes him a dangerous element for the whole community.
One who damages someone else's system for pure
stupidity or evilness, with nothing to gain from his actions.
There are still some more characters -- such as crackers and warez
d00dz -- that could be considered as side characters of the hacking scene.
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