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Photo Essay Violates Hacking Code

The Tech printed a photo essay on Nov. 19 of a hacking trip through Building 68 by Simson L. Garfinkel '87. Garfinkel calls himself a "law-abiding hacker." He may claim to be law-abiding (though some of the photo captions would prove otherwise), but he is not a hacker. One of the most important rules of hacking ethics is: "Be subtle. Leave no evidence that you were there." I see little subtlety in printing his journey in the middle of a campus-wide newspaper.

Furthermore taunting the Campus Police with "I didn't find a single `Keep Out!' or `No Trespassing' sign" and "Being a law-abiding hacker, I eschewed the pleasures of the roof" is rude and inexcusable. While it may be funny to joke about the Campus Police among friends, hackers respect their role in the MIT community and would not attempt to publicly humiliate or taunt them. Would The Tech and its journalists please show more common sense in the future?

Terri Iuzzolino '93