91+ Best Hacker Quotes: Exclusive Selection

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We face cyber threats from state-sponsored hackers, hackers for hire, global cyber syndicates, and terrorists. They seek our state secrets, our trade secrets, our technology, and our ideas – things of incredible value to all of us. They seek to strike our critical infrastructure and to harm our economy. – James Comey

It is essential that computers are protected from unauthorized access by remote hackers. All computer users need to patch against these flaws in Microsoft’s software as quickly as possible, before hackers and virus writers try and take advantage of them. – Ron O’Brien

There are some extremely smart hackers out there using and sharing the tools that find these vulnerabilities. When Microsoft takes a long time to issue fixes, it sets up a dangerous situation, – Steve Manzuik

All computer users should treat any unsolicited email attachments with extreme caution, or they run the risk of being ripped off. Anyone unfortunate enough to run malicious software could potentially be allowing hackers to gain access to their computer to spy, steal and cause havoc. Users need to savvy-up to reduce the risk of being taken in by greedy, money-grabbing internet criminals. – Graham Cluley

Hackers often describe what they do as playfully creative problem solving. – Heather Brooke

Never send a boy to do a woman’s job. – Angelina Jolie

There is a difference between being a hacker and the socially inadequate computer geek vision of the press. It’s definitely true that there is a lot of overlap. A lot of good hackers are, however, members of the human race and know what is going on in the real world. – Alan Cox

The hackers who hacked into Sony have leaked the upcoming script for the new James Bond movie. Some of the executives said the news left them shaken but not stirred. – Conan O’Brien

It is clear that hackers did see some of our source code, – Steve Ballmer

The hacker mindset doesn’t actually see what happens on the other side, to the victim. – Kevin Mitnick

I do wonder how Microsoft thinks they can offer a product that competes with one that includes security enhancements from the National Security Agency, … I can easily agree with the degree of difficulty to set up and manage existing clusters, but I can’t imagine a secure system that wasn’t difficult due to the ongoing war with hackers and malware. – Charles Kramer

Younger hackers are hard to classify. They’re probably just as diverse as the old hackers are. We’re all over the map. – Larry Wall

The hackers out there are really are smart and getting smarter. We all have to run in front of them. – Steve Ballmer

Every month Microsoft releases security patches for its software – and it’s often a race against time for companies to roll these patches out across their business before a hacker takes advantage of the vulnerability. A security hole which allows hackers with malicious intentions to run code on Windows or Apple Mac computers is very serious, and all affected users should ensure they have defended their systems. – Graham Cluley

Countries around the world are drafting stronger laws. But hackers will find the weakest link, the country with no laws. – Christopher Painter

You have to attack your own system in order to understand how hackers are attacking your system and how to defend against them. – Avi Rubin

Often hackers are weaving from one system to another, and it’s hard for us to tell where the communication is coming from. We want to see the trap-and-trace law updated so we can trace a communication to the source, so we can serve the court order on the next carrier down the line. – David Green

It is only the inadequacy of the criminal code that saves the hackers from very serious prosecution. – Ken Thompson

Hackers could infect your system or network with software that uses the PDA as a Trojan horse to get into the enterprise, – Ken Dulaney

So hackers start original, and get good, and scientists start good, and get original. – Paul Graham

One of the risks that Microsoft faces, following its admission to search through all of its legacy code, is that it may have encouraged hackers to join in the search. – Tom Newton

Without those hackers, we wouldn’t solve the problems we need to solve, especially security – Fred Durst

Wireless technology has changed the way we conduct business, offering mobile workers constant access to business-critical applications and data. While this flexibility expands productivity, it introduces complexity and security risk as wireless devices become a new target for hackers looking to infiltrate a corporate network. – E. Hicks

We are very pleased to extend our product line to include firewall protection for 64-bit PCs. A dual-layer firewall is the most essential piece of the security to protect against hackers and their nefarious schemes. – Laura Yecies

Celebrities, make it harder for hackers to get nude pics of you from your computer by not putting nude pics of yourself on the computer. – Ricky Gervais

God is a hacker, not an engineer. – Francis Crick

Hackers looked at what they were doing and decided that they would rather get paid for their hobby than continue to do it for nothing. – Peter Firstbrook

A hacker doesnt deliberately destroy data or profit from his activities. – Kevin Mitnick

While this technology expands accessibility and productivity, it introduces complexity and security risk as wireless networks and handheld mobile devices become a new target for hackers and thieves. – E. Hicks

There are many times more cell phones and pagers than computers, and once hackers get into a consumer device at any level, they can initiate communication, … My pager can run programs. Imagine what will happen when your refrigerator is Internet-enabled for ordering groceries. – Paul Robertson

should send a message to would-be computer hackers all over the world that the United Sates will treat computer intrusions as serious crimes. – Janet Reno

Should we fear hackers? Intention is at the heart of this discussion. – Kevin Mitnick

The hurricane is a dreadful natural disaster, and it’s sickening to think that hackers are prepared to exploit the horrendous situation in an attempt to break into computers for the purposes of spamming, extortion and theft. – Graham Cluley

We see three types of hackers out there, … There are voyeurs, like peeping toms; graffiti artists that trash the Web site and tell their friends; and criminals who steal things, such as customer lists. – Robert Graham

I was really fascinated by some of the things happening with Anonymous, the hackers group. I don’t necessarily agree with everything they’ve done, but I thought it was a really interesting use of technology and the fact that there’s a whole group of people who can take over systems and fight things from behind the scenes. – Michelle Gagnon

Berkeley hackers liked to see themselves as rebels against soulless corporate empires. – Eric S. Raymond

Hackers don’t want to damage computers any more, they want to own them. They’ve started to run direct attacks where just one business, or even just one computer, is infected. – Eugene Kaspersky

The ideal for me is to write about something really significant that previously hasn’t been written about in-depth. Hackers is a good example. – Steven Levy

Sophisticated hackers don’t attack in a straight line, … They weave between sites. If one of these sites strips off the source information and throws it away, there can be a break in the chain for investigators. – Scott Charney

Incredibly, hackers were able to obtain at least 20 million identities of people who under FBI background and were under FBI background investigations. – Donald Trump

Microsoft has been in the forefront of placing bounties on hackers and in filing lawsuits against software pirates. – Laura DiDio

We did not see a widespread or fast spread of this in the first 24 hours. Over the last 24 hours, we’ve see variance, where other hackers will take the work and try to unleash a variant of the worm. So the worm continues to take on different forms. – Debby Wilson

While many hackers have the knowledge, skills, and tools to attack computer systems, they generally lack the motivation to cause violence or severe economic or social harm. – Dorothy Denning

The security companies and hackers play a continued game of cat and mouse. The security companies set up the trap, and the hackers disengage it. That’s why it’s important to own shares of these companies. The demand will never be static. Companies will continue to buy new products and invest in security platforms. – Jordan Klein

I characterize myself as a retired hacker. I’m applying what I know to improve security at companies. – Kevin Mitnick

It only takes a couple of hackers to put a little country on the map. – Robert Richardson

I’m a really good hacker, but I’m not a sensible person. – Richard D. James

Now we’re definitely seeing a new paradigm. It doesn’t mean the lone-gun hackers are gone. – Christopher Painter

It’s a tempting site for hackers to hack. If they have one bug, if affects lots of people, – David Wagner

The openness on which Apple had built its original empire had been completely reversed – but the spirit was still there among users. Hackers vied to ‘jailbreak’ the iPhone, running new apps on it despite Apple’s desire to keep it closed. – Jonathan Zittrain

Zone Labs has always been known as the leader in complete Internet security solutions. Yet as hackers get more savvy and the PC becomes a commodity worth monetary value on the black market, consumers must also use care as they surf the ‘Net. Armed with the right information, people can defend the integrity of the Internet and defeat those who would exploit it for criminal purposes. – Laura Yecies

We will continue to see this type of vulnerabilities in every major application for the foreseeable future. It is not just images, but any type of complex file format. This is something that security researchers and hackers have realized to be a weak point in many applications. – Neel Mehta

Hackers focus on the weakest link in the security chain. – Pete Lindstrom

In personal conversations with technical people, I call myself a hacker. But when I’m talking to journalists I just say programmer or something like that. – Linus Torvalds

I’ve got six months to sort out the hackers, get the Japanese knotweed under control and find an acceptable form of narcissus. – Jasper Fforde

Hackers have discovered IM; it’s the new playground for them. – Andrew Lochart

The motives of hackers are changing. They work for money. The quality of the code is better. In the past, infected systems crashed; now they want hardware to work. There are no global epidemics as there were in the past. – Eugene Kaspersky

Software Engineering might be science; but that’s not what I do. I’m a hacker, not an engineer. – Jamie Zawinski

There’s also usually a black hat contingent at most mainstream security conferences. Since information security and hacking are two sides of the same coin, many hackers go to security conferences and many security professionals go to hacker events — neither community seems to mind. – Ed Moyle

Once an area of weakness is pinpointed, hackers tend to dig at it. As more eyes turn to that area, more defects are found. – Alain Sergile

It is widely grokked that cats have the hacker nature – Eric S. Raymond

What hackers are trying to find is, if they can make a bad Excel file or a bad Word file, does the program crash and allow them to compromise the system. – Johannes Ullrich

Anything that government and industry learn from hackers must be seen through the lens of their own risk management needs. – Paul Proctor

Hackers are becoming more sophisticated in conjuring up new ways to hijack your system by exploiting technical vulnerabilities or human nature. Don’t become the next victim of unscrupulous cyberspace intruders. – Kevin Mitnick

I look like a geeky hacker, but I don’t know anything about computers. – Justin Long

These emails do not really come from Amazon, and clicking on the attached file will install a malicious Trojan horse on your computer. Once it has slipped under your radar, this Trojan is capable of downloading further malicious code from the internet, giving hackers access to your PC. A real message from Amazon would never contain an attached executable file, and people should always think carefully before running unsolicited code on their computer. – Graham Cluley

At any given moment, kids are more likely to be online than adults. Hackers know this and lure children with flashy pop-ups and fake prizes that are really malicious attacks intended to give the hacker control of the computer and access to personal information such as passwords and credit card numbers. I applaud Zone Labs for making an effort to help educate families about the dangers online. – Larry Magid

Viruses emerging for the Mac OS X platform is headline news for Apple fans, but they are currently posing far from the level of threat that Windows users face every day. No-one should panic, but this is an indication that hackers are showing an increased interest in targeting the platform. – Graham Cluley

Computer hacking is not fun and games. Hackers cause real harm to real victims. Would-be hackers… should be put on notice that such criminal activity will not be tolerated. – Michael Sullivan

A vulnerability like this opens the door for hackers to spy on your sensitive information. Users running the affected software should upgrade as soon as possible. – Graham Cluley

Everybody knows if it’s on the Internet, some brilliant hacker can get at it. – Lesley Stahl

Before recently, point-of-sale systems stored the track data. Most point-of-sale systems accumulated thousands of data and hackers have been hacking into point-of-sale systems and stealing track data. – Jenna Hutt

I think there are enough hackers in the world that will look for machines they can own. It’s not difficult to find them. It is very easy to control a large number of machines. – Russ Cooper

Wicked Tribe, Rooling Tribe! is the mejor hacker tribe. Too small, too fast, too scientific! – Tad Williams

By taking control of unprotected PCs, hackers can relay spam, launch denial-of-service attacks, or steal user information, without computer owners being any the wiser. – Graham Cluley

This is a very serious crime. Once the hackers are identified, we will prosecute them to the full extent of the law. – Arthur Jr.

Hackers are now being lured by the promise of financial gains. – Pete Lindstrom

This type of problem is not unique to Microsoft, but they seem to keep making the same mistakes. The vulnerability is noteworthy because hackers could create an automated exploit that would impact the vast number of Windows users. – Andrew Jaquith

The threat level for this vulnerability may be dramatically increased if more automated methods of distribution are found to be successful, such as e-mail or IM or file shares. The impact of attacks may also increase, with more sinister codes being installed as new hackers attempt to leverage the vulnerability to their advantage. – Ken Dunham

These hackers got their hands on high quality data, and they used merchants of ours to run that data through the merchant’s Web site, which goes through our platform. – David Schwartz

An element of virtually every national security threat and crime problem the FBI faces is cyber-based or facilitated. We face sophisticated cyber threats from state-sponsored hackers, hackers for hire, organized cyber syndicates, and terrorists. – James Comey

The intent of the individuals who created the DDoS attacks has nothing to do with hacking, and they are vandals, not hackers. – Kevin Mitnick

There’s always a surprise. It’s part of the fun of the job. One client’s technical security manager said the issue was lack of board acceptance. So he showed us the email he was sending his boss and even I was lost in paragraph two, it was so dense. Another client hired two convicted hackers into his bank’s development team on the new online banking project because they were ‘nice guys’. – Dave Martin

I am well aware of the facts presented by numerous security experts on the many ways in which the United States’ digital networks have come under siege by cybercriminals and under daily assault by hackers in league with various foreign governments. – Rebecca MacKinnon

In the aftermath of the oh-so-predictable crash, the Bitcoin fanatics have begun marshaling out excuse after excuse for why this non-investment investment lost so much of its value so fast. One was that hackers attacked some of the exchanges for Bitcoins and crippled it. Really? A hacker can wreck an entire market? – Kurt Eichenwald

Hackers are in a race against time to infect as many computers as possible through the WMF security hole before companies have a chance to put the patch in place. Everyone should apply the patch as soon as possible, and defend their networks with up-to-date anti-virus and anti-spam software. – Graham Cluley

For countries such as Kenya to emerge as economic powerhouses, they need better infrastructure: roads, ports, smart grids and power plants. Infrastructure is expensive, and takes a long time to build. In the meantime, hackers are building ‘grassroots infrastructure,’ using the mobile-phone system to build solutions that are ready for market. – Ethan Zuckerman

You see that technology migrates from hackers to innovative users and eventually to the mainstream. – Tim Reilly

There hasn’t been a global solution yet to this problem. If hackers can shut down Yahoo!, they can shut down anything they want tomorrow. – Chris Rouland

I’m a bit of a hacker fanatic and know a fair bit about that industry and cyber crime and cyber warfare. – Seth Gordon

Hackers are attracted to such exhibitions by the opportunity to break in to the networks of companies taking part. – David Emm

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