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nex open_letter_to_crackers
 
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To All Crackers

One of the previous versions of this website was cracked. However, the cracker in question misnamed himself as a 'hacker'. I use the New Hacker's Dictionary (third edition) definition of hacker, which states:

hacker: n.

    [originally, someone who makes furniture with an axe] 
...

6. An expert or enthusiast of any kind. One might be an 
   astronomy hacker, for example.

7. One who enjoys the intellectual challenge of creatively 
   overcoming or circumventing limitations

...

These are the two definitions which I feel are the most accurate definition of 'hacker'. The reason I am so anal about this is that I consider myself a hacker. But I would never destroy other people's work or possessions.

I believe that information controls power. Therefore, for a society to be free, information must also be free. For this reason I have left this website open. I always believed that a second upshot of this was that no crackers would waste their time with my site, since it supplies no challenge for them whatsoever. It would appear that I underestimated the ignorance factor.

For anyone to crack my site and make out it was some show of how clever they are is a joke. Anyone could have cracked my site. So anyone who thinks it is a big deal obviously doesn't know what they're talking about. The other thing that gets me, is why crack my site? Why not go and bother the kiddy porn sites or the racist sites? What did my little web site ever do to anyone? All that is in it is some very uncontroversial essays and some free programs and pictures. Who am I hurting? The worst thing is that they deleted some files which I really needed for university and I lost several weeks of work.

The whole thing is almost enough to make me lose my faith in humanity. But I will not let that happen. A group of people should not be judged on the actions of one moron. So I am sticking to my principles and keeping this site open. I have restricted some writing privileges, but read access is still granted across the whole site. And to really hammer the point home, the site is now a wiki. Which means that anyone can edit, correct and add comments to nearly the whole of this site.

So for anyone else thinking of cracking my site, I'm not going to stop you. It's up to you. But it will cause me a lot of hassle and I would appreciate it if you didn't. So for all of you who decide not to, I thank you. For all of those who don't, I forgive you and I will pray for you so that you may realise the suffering you cause others.

Thanks for reading.

nex


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