Hacking's sordid past.
Petersburg Times History of Hacking - Hacking has been
around for more than a century. In the 1870s, several teenagers
were flung off the country's brand new phone system by enraged
authorities. Here's a peek at how busy hackers have been in
the past 35 years.
News History of Hacking - Early 1960s University facilities
with huge mainframe computers, like MIT's artificial intelligence
lab, become staging grounds for hackers. At first, "hacker"
was a positive term that was used to describe a person with
a mastery of computers who could push programs beyond what
they were designed to do.
of Hacker History - This is a timeline of hacker history.
Hacking and cracking appeared with the first electronic computers.
Below are some important events in the history of hacking
a History - The original meaning of the word "hack" was
born at MIT, and originally meant an elegant, witty or inspired
way of doing almost anything. Many early hacks took the form
of elaborate practical jokes. In 1994, MIT students put a
convincing replica of a campus police car on top of the Institute's
- Computer Outlaws
of Hacking-related Events - December 1947 - William Shockley
invents the transistor and demonstrates its use for the first
time. The first transistor consisted of a messy collection
of wires, insulators and germanium. According to a recent
poll on CNN's website, the transistor is believed to be the
most important discovery in the past 100 years.
of Hacking - In the beginning there was the phone company
— the brand-new Bell Telephone, to be precise. And there were
nascent hackers. Of course in 1878 they weren't called hackers
yet. Just practical jokers, teenage boys hired to run the
switchboards who had an unfortunate predilection for disconnecting
and misdirecting calls ("You're not my Cousin Mabel?! Operator!
Who's that snickering on the line? Hello?"). Now you know
why the first transcontinental communications network hired
History of Hacking - Here is a timeline of the noun "hack"
and etymologically related terms as they evolved in historical
English: In French, haquenée means an ambling horse. In Old
English, tohaccian meant hack to pieces. At some point in
the 14th century, the word haquenée became hackney, meaning
a horse of medium size or fair quality. Shortly after, hackney
was shortened to hack, and in riding culture the act of "hacking"
(as opposed to fox-hunting) meant riding about informally,
to no particular purpose.