A Brief History

One might not suspect that the art, or scourge, of computer hacking was created at one of the
havens for technological excellence.
True, at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), a group of students developed the
technique and borrowed their name from the "hackers" of the late 1800s who found
amusement in pranking the emerging telephone companies.Getting their laughs and skills from
hacking and cracking into primitive computers and exploiting the Arpanet (predecessor to the
internet), they created a novelty that would become the target of federal crackdown in years to
come. To define hacking in short, we can say that an artistic criminal offense of breaking into
another remote system without the owner's consent for the purpose of stealing information is
what is hacking.