77+ Best Hacker Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Profoundly inspirational hacker quotes will challenge the way you think, and make your life worth living.

Famous Hacker Quotes

Social engineering has become about 75% of an average hacker’s toolkit, and for the most successful hackers, it reaches 90% or more. John McAfee

We need to have a talk on the subject of what’s yours and what’s mine. Stieg Larsson

Hackers rarely have full knowledge of the technology stack of a target. John McAfee

God whispered, You endured a lot. For that I am truly sorry, but grateful. I needed you to struggle to help so many. Through that process you would grow into who you have now become. Didn’t you know that I gave all my struggles to my favorite children? One only needs to look at the struggles given to your older brother Jesus to know how important you have been to me. Shannon L. Alder

I think the thing that our government lacks just about more than anything else  is technological competence. We have some of the greatest white hat hackers in the world here in the U.S., but the government seems to be technologically illiterate. John McAfee

The internet is the most important tool for disseminating information we’ve had since the invention of the printing press. Unfortunately, it’s also one of the best ways of stealing or suppressing information and for putting out misinformation. Stewart Stafford

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

Don’t Hate me, Hate that Code. Vedant Access

New security loopholes are constantly popping up because of wireless networking. The cat and mouse game between hackers and system administrators is still in full swing. Kevin Mitnick

The only way to maintain privacy on the internet is to not be on the internet. Abhijit Naskar

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

Writing code is one of the most peaceful things one can do if the intentions are right. Olawale Daniel

Garbage can provide important details for hackers names, telephone numbers, a company’s internal jargon. Kevin Mitnick

Grades are just entered into a computer like everything else is entered into a computer. Computers can be hacked. A.D. Aliwat

If hackers, if anyone committing a criminal act, wants to reduce their risk, they obviously don’t involve anybody else. The greater the circle of people that know what you’re doing, the higher the risk. Kevin Mitnick

No night of drinking or drugs or sex could ever compare to a long evening of productive hacking. Lynn Voedisch

We fear hackers lifting our digital wallet, a public accounting of our private lives, and we wonder if the shoes that follow us around the Internet will someday, with the click of a distant mouse, look like the jackboots of old. Richard Cohen

Beware of geeks bearing gifts. Kevin Mitnick

Everything about Mark Zuckerberg is pure hacker. Hackers don’t take realities of the world for granted; they seek to break and rebuild what they don’t like. They seek to outsmart the world. Sarah Lacy

Be a mind hacker and find your natural Self. Bert McCoy

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

There Could be something more Dangerous Behind that Firewall. Vedant Access

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

It is common knowledge in the programmer’s circle that almost every smartphone in the world is infected with some form of trojan. Abhijit Naskar

What fashion has started from hackers? They have bad posture, and they don’t go out. I wish I had a hacker boyfriend they stay at home up in the bedroom. John Waters

Darkness envelopes technology where only a select few gain access to the light switch. Anthony T. Hincks

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

To hack a system requires getting to know its rules better than the people who created it or are running it, and exploiting all the vulnerable distance between how those people had intended the system to work and how it actually works, or could be made to work. Edward Snowden

Virality is not an accident. It is engineered. And that’s why growth hackers beat traditional marketers. Ryan Holiday

Anything that says smart in front of its name, is a potential magnet for trojans. The same goes for anything that is endorsed as open source. Abhijit Naskar

It’s no surprise that hackers working for North Korea, Iran’s mullahs, Vladimir V. Putin in Russia, and the People’s Liberation Army of China have all learned that the great advantage of cyberweapons is that they are the opposite of a nuke hard to detect, easy to deny, and increasingly finely targeted. David E. Sanger

One of the easiest ways to get noticed or hired as a junior developer in the tech industry is by documenting everything you are learning. Build great projects, but don’t forget to document your journey along the way. Olawale Daniel

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

Facebook is worried about the growth paradox, which goes something like this the end result of successful hacking is product, and that product needs to grow by building more things. The more you grow, the more things you have, and the more you need people whose job is simply to coordinate the increasingly interdependent building activities. These people, called managers, don’t create product. They create process. Michael Lopp

As economic life relies more and more on the Internet, the potential for small bands of hackers to launch devastating attacks on the world economy is growing. Evgeny Morozov

Oh dear. Look at that, said Jones, deadpan. The traffic cameras along Interstate 5 just went out. Now there was no mistaking the glee in his voice. I am good. Sarah Woodbury

In the epic war over Silicon Valley’s intellectual property, Bill Gates was on the side of licensing copyright and robust protections for intellectual property. He wasn’t on the side of the hackers, and he didn’t want information to be free. Franklin Foer

Hackers are curse to the society. The people who are stealing your private  financial life are worst than killers. Sonal Takalkar

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

When you are hacked don’t feel upset. There is a sick perverted person out there in the universe that hangs onto your every word and is fascinated by everything you are looking up on Google. Some people are not so lucky to be obsessed over. Shannon L. Alder

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

Evil never dies in abusive people. It only changes to obsession. Shannon L. Alder

I’m a hacker, but I’m the good kind of hacker. And I’ve never been a criminal. Mikko Hypponen

Every conceivable layer of the election process is completely riddled with vulnerabilities, so yes, hacking elections is easy! James Scott

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

Hacking is a talent. You won’t learn it at school. It’s like being Messi or C.Ronaldo. If you were born to become a Hacker, it’s your destiny. Otherwise, you’ll be Hacked. Amine Essiraj

While the vast majority of hackers may be disinclined towards violence, it would only take a few to turn cyber terrorism into reality. Dorothy Denning

Dora Flores was one of the few people Tom confided in. She reported to him as Cyber Division’s Inner Office Field Support. She still had a slight Mexican flavor in her pronunciations, and he liked it. Michael Benzehabe

One of my favorite books about hackers is Masters of Deception about this hacking group in the 1990s. Many of them didn’t come from wealthy families. These are kids that are very intelligent; they just happen to be misdirected. Harper Reed

Man is to technology what the bee is to the flower. It’s man’s intervention that allows technology to expand and evolve itself and in return, technology offers man convenience, wealth and the lessening burden of physical labor via its automated systems. James Scott

If you wanna know how not secure you are, just take a look around. Nothing’s secure. Nothing’s safe. I don’t hate technology, I don’t hate hackers, because that’s just what comes with it, without those hackers, we wouldn’t solve the problems we need to solve, especially security. Fred Durst

Bad times are just an illusion for the good times to show their face. Michael Allen

Hackers are seen as shadowy figures with superhuman powers that threaten civilization. Mitch Kapor

Computer hacking was like a chemical bond holding us all together. Rachel Zhang

See, unlike most hackers, I get little joy out of figuring out how to install the latest toy. Jamie Zawinski

Hacking is like sex, you need breath, in the last step, you feel incredible pleasure and the best time to practice it is at night. Amine Essiraj

I really didn’t understand why hackers would want to hack into a classroom. Are they going to learn algebra? Maybe calculus? Eric Yuan

The biggest center of attention needs to be the Secretaries of State. They’re the ones that manage the elections. At the end of the day, they’re the ones that need to be held accountable. James Scott

The one thing that I know from the personal experiences that I’ve had with hackers and from people in tech who are brilliant at this thing, is there’s a lot of angst. Sam Esmail

One of the best things about hacking is the buzz you get when you find your way into some place you’re not meant to be. Thalia Kalkipsakis

The big exchanges that hold customer deposits are a big target for hackers, and unfortunately, most bitcoin exchanges store user funds. Erik Voorhees

It was the ultimate irony. Hackers get into hacking because they don’t want desk jobs but all hacking is a desk job. Meltzer

If Wikileaks didn’t resolve that question for folks at the end of the day, there are no secrets. We’re living in a glass neighborhood, in a fishbowl, and technology, white hat hackers, the folks that are doing the right thing with hacking. Gavin Newsom

Quote may seem a bit of a foreign concept, because few other languages have anything like it. It’s closely tied to one of the most distinctive features of Lisp code and data are made out of the same data structures, and the quote operator is the way we distinguish between them. Paul Graham

Human Stupidity, that’s why Hackers always win. Med Amine Khelifi

No technology that’s connected to the internet is unhackable. Abhijit Naskar

It’s less about technology for me, and more about religion. On hacking. Adrian Lamo

Security is about how you configure power, and who has access to what. That is political, Song said. Joseph Menn

As a matter of fact, yeah, they were foolproof. The problem is that you don’t have to protect yourself against fools. You have to protect yourself against people like me. Jeffery Deaver

Time is what determines security. With enough time nothing is unhackable. Aniekee Tochukwu Ezekiel

We worried for decades about WMDs Weapons of Mass Destruction. Now it is time to worry about a new kind of WMDs Weapons of Mass Disruption. John Mariotti

Jucikas went on to explain that sabering champagne is not about brute force; it’s about studying the bottle and hitting the weakest spot with graceful precision. Done correctly, this requires very little pressure you essentially let the bottle break itself. You hack the bottle’s design flaw. Christopher Wylie

What hackers do is figure out technology and experiment with it in ways many people never imagined. They also have a strong desire to share this information with others and to explain it to people whose only qualification may be the desire to learn. Emmanuel Goldstein

Should we have paper ballots? Let’s put it up for a vote. We’ll count it on electronic machines. Jimmy Dore

Most hackers are young because young people tend to be adaptable. As long as you remain adaptable, you can always be a good hacker. Emmanuel Goldstein

If the combination of mindless, profit seeking algorithms, dedicated geopolitical adversaries, and corrupt US opportunists over the past few years has taught us anything, it is that serious applied thinking is a form of critical infrastructure. The best hackers are masters of applied thinking, and we cannot afford to ignore them. Joseph Menn