Simple Nomad's DefCon11 rant

Monday, 11 August 2003, 11:48 AM EST

Have you noticed the change? Do you remember where you were when you first felt the change? I am talking about the change in the security community, especially the underground community. Less trust. More control. Less truth. I'm not talking about society since 9-11, although most certainly looking at things like USA Patriot and DSEA one can certainly see less trust, more control, and less truth. I'm talking about the underground closing ranks. The emergence of Richard Thieme's third generation hackers.

The holy trinity of hackers -- trust, control, and truth.

Typically the purest form of knowledge -- the facts -- are what hackers refer to as truth. A wisp of falsehood or lie will cause a hacker to bristle. With the nature of hacking being to learn the true nature of something, the truth is an important commodity.

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