How to catch a cracker in the US?

William Herrin bill at
Thu Mar 13 16:46:06 UTC 2014

On Thu, Mar 13, 2014 at 11:45 AM, James R Cutler
<james.cutler at> wrote:
> And Bill documents yet another redefinition.  Prior to that time, at MIT a "hacker" produced a novel variation of technology using it in ways not previously envisioned but not necessarily unlawful.
> Mating two different generations of telephone keysets or reducing a complex rack mount filter to a single small circuit board with an FET or two are just a couple of examples.  One was just a "hack", the other an "elegant hack".  We just called

Hi James,

Correct me if I'm wrong, but by the time "hacker" emerged as a word
distinct from "hack" it already carried implications of mischief and
disregard for the rules in addition to the original implication of
creatively solving a technical challenge. Is that mistaken?

Bill Herrin

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