A code of conduct for young hackers

r00tz is the amazing kid-track of programming at DEFCON, the giant hacker conference held annually in Las Vegas. The organizers have created a "code of conduct" for young hackers that is good advice for anyone doing infosec work, or exploring computers and systems:

The Internet is a small place. Word gets around, fast. Follow these rules at all times:

- Only hack things you own
- Do not hack anything you rely on
- Respect the rights of others
- Know and respect the law
- Find a safe playground (One always exists. If you don’t have support from your parents, get their permission to find an adult who will support you.)

There's more, but it's short and sweet. Go read it. The final statement, "r00tz is about creating a better world. You have the power and responsibility to do so. Now go do it! We are here to help you" sums it up nicely.

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  1. "- Only hack things you own"
    Agreed. My hardware, my rules.

    "- Do not hack anything you rely on"
    solely on is better phrasing. If you can get a dupe, go for it.

    "- Respect the rights of others"

    "- Know and respect the law"
    Know yes, respect? Respect the law that prosecuted Schwartz? Or the one that makes hacking my own hardware (jailbreaking) illegal? I don't think so.

  2. You can probably not word a code of conduct without someone finding an exception based on your exact wording, rather than what you meant. Those were good words. If you read them and go ahead anyhow, then at least you mean it and you deerve the consequences.

    Here is a quote form Aldous Huxley. You may already know it, but I met for the first time a few days ago...

    "It is a bit embarrassing to have been concerned with the human problem all one's life and find at the end that one has no more to offer by way of advice than "Try to be a little kinder."

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