Have a Great Life! Stories about People
Who Use Hacking to Do Good
Date: Mon, 21 Mar 2005 21:43:19 -0600
Subject: Thank you so much Ms. Meinel
I would like to personally thank you
for inspiring me to pursue my interest in computers and science
in general. Because of your inspiration, I worked my tail off
and got accepted into MIT! For your diligent work in spreading
the true hacker mentality of learning through experimentation,
I salute you! :))
Thanks for sparking the flame,
Carolyn replies: MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) is the school where computer hacking originated,
back in 1959, and is the world's most famous and amazing engineering
school. Fatal3rror should have a great time there.
From: Mike Brown
Subject: Thanks for Happy Hacker
My name is Mike Brown. I just wanted to thank you for this awesome(in
the british sense) website. I began to look at the world of hacking
while at computer camp learning java. And im glad that Happy
Hacker was the first site i stumbled upon, because if it had
been some other places *cough*attrition*cough* I might not have
become the white hat hacker I am today.
The moment I realised how much your
site had helped me was when a friends site was being DOSed. I
and another white hat managed to get the attackers ip; I remember your teachings in the
GTMHH and whoised and tracerouted,
and at the end, there was the abuse address and everything. I
got an email back from the abuse admin saying that they had suspected
that this person had been attacking people, and with our logs,
they had enough evidence to kick him off.
Thank You Carolyn, I salute you and
your website. I pledge to use what I have learned for #FFFFFF,
and fight against the #000000. And if this subject becomes my
chosen career path, it would be an honor to work with you.
Sincerly, Mike Brown
Senior Partner, Websuffix
(WebSuffix is going to be my site, should I find time
to get it off the ground this year.)
Carolyn replies: Hint for you newbies,
"#FFFFFF" means white and "#000000" means
black in HTML notation. Writing thsi way is far more a sign of
a true hacker than Wr1TiN6 l1k3 tH1S!
Date: Tue, 29 Jun 2004 10:21:47 EDT
Subject: The Guide to (mostly) Harmless Hacking, Vol. 1, No.
I have just stumbled across your website
after getting interested in hacking again after a few months,
and I feel compelled to thank you for providing me with the information
regarding fighting spammers in their many forms, be it newsgroups
like Usenet, even the ever-annoying e-mail based swathes of spam
I receive each day. After trying just about everything to defend
myself against spam and stop it reaching my coveted inbox, I
decided to try another solution.
I started using computers at age six
6. Nearly 11 years on, (I don't mean to gloat, but...) I feel
my skills have improved drastically. I can now set up and configure
Windows Boxes, as well as *nix and Linux Boxes (to an extent).
I began using Linux at around age 16, when I finally got so sick
of Windows' inadequacies that I multibooted the PC I am sat at
right now with Slackware and simply learnt as much Linux as I
possibly could. The only reasons I still have to use Windows
are that my Dad uses this PC to run his business (windows software
is used to do various things) and, of course, gaming.
I have been a fan of the open-source
initiative for what feels like forever. The ability to "look
under the hood" is, for me and many others, a very appealling
prospect. I know that Linux offers far more than Windows ever
will in terms of configurability and that "ultra-geek"
feeling that came with knowing that I am not just a mindless
The skills that I learnt on Linux, coupled
with the incredible multitude of information availible on the
internet from places like your (excellent) website have allowed
me to fight back against the spammers in ways that simply are
not possible in Windows. Therefore, I thank you.
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