true hacker

true hacker

(person)
(By analogy with "trufan" from SF fandom) One who exemplifies the primary values of hacker culture, especially competence and helpfulness to other hackers. A high compliment. "He spent 6 hours helping me bring up UUCP and netnews on my FOOBAR 4000 last week - manifestly the act of a true-hacker".

Compare demigod, opposite: munchkin.
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But this song's about what it would be like to be a true hacker.
A true hacker is interested in digging deep to see what really makes computer systems tick, they are mostly not malicious, he added.
Kevin Mitnick, the infamous hacker just released from four years in federal prison, says you are a "vandal," not a true hacker.
Also, there are times when the attack is simply to prove to the administrator of the system that there is a hole and true hackers will simply gain access, then try to assess what kind of rights they managed to acquire, then disconnect from the remote machine and write the admin on what they did to get entry and what measures could be taken to prevent other people from doing the same thing later.