First Recorded Usage Of “Hacker”

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Hackers come in two flavours: white-hats who exploit system vulnerabilities to help companies figure out weak points, and black-hats who exploit systems for less than noble purposes. Contrary to the notion that “hacker” was a white-hat term corrupted by the media, the word’s first recorded use described the latter type. A 1963 issue of MIT’s The Tech newspaper reported on what we now call “phone phreaking,” the illegal use of a private phone system to make calls via voicemail systems and programming ports. Read full article here

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