“Hackers are breaking the systems for profit. Before, it was about intellectual curiosity and pursuit of knowledge and thrill, and now hacking is big business.” — Kevin Mitnick
. . . . . . . Somewhere out there, they’re out there. Freeloaders of the system. They can manufacture debit and credit cards, and whisk into being bank accounts with zeroes in them. They are the computer gods who have figured out the tendons and muscles of the international banking system, and they are living up life. They have all the money they’ll ever need, because they invented it up out of thin air.
. . . . . . . I would guess there’s half a dozen of them only around the world. Four in North America, one in Russia, and one in Japan. Most of them still live in their messy apartments littered with pizza boxes. They’re smart. They know they can’t go ordering giant yachts from Oceanco to be delivered onto their doorstep because that would attract unwanted attention. As long as they just buy whatever they need — free — they can go on endlessly.
. . . . . . . Why do I think this? Because no one’s watching the henhouse. There are hundreds of millions of people who use the banks’ services and it’s impossible for any one person to know what is going on underneath the bedsheets. There have to be men (and it’s all men) who have figured the system out, figured out how to bounce back between digital walls like in a game to get to the Source.
. . . . . . . The Source is where all the command-line decisions get made. The Source is what you manipulate to generate sums of money and credit for yourself.
. . . . . . . Computers are everywhere. There’s no escaping them. Soon they’ll be swimming in our bloodstream, bleeping information to our brains as they drift along warm, loving red currents from the heart’s arteries. And the elite hacker will be following beside the moving needle of progress, jogging along comfortably well, aware of what’s going on behind the screen and under the covers.
. . . . . . . Someday someone is going to make a website that combines the best of YouTube, Twitter and Facebook, and this site will rule dominant forever. The “one-stop shopping” convenience of it, plus the crossover effects of going from New Twitter to New Facebook, will guarantee it. And that special hacker will use it.
. . . . . . . Money is the great incentive of the world. Thinking about money brings on stress so often — there’s never enough, there’s bills due that’ll have to siphon money from the bank account. The credit card bill is the worst offender. The usurious rate of interest is a benefit to the powers that be, making us rue the day we fell for its pitch. The elite hacker who breaks the rules decides to abscond from the situation of the financial treadmill that most of us are on every day of our lives.
. . . . . . . Some of the cheating hackers have their stolen money under their own names. The really advanced hacker would have generated his own fake ID in addition to his own fake money. Just to be cleverly sure. You want to cover your backtracks when you’re stealing (generating) other people’s money.
. . . . . . . Except it’s not really stealing. They release a drop of water into a pond and it ripples. The money gets made from this ripple. New accounts come into being. New monies become accessible to the holder of the financial information, names, birth dates, and all that. It’s not like the “salami slicing” of past days where you take a little from each account; here, you are generating cash on the spot in the green electronic world. You are inventing wealth for yourself.
. . . . . . . And does it really matter? There are vast factories dedicated to making everything from Doritos chips to Yeezy shoes. If you take one bag of chips every now and then from the convenience store it’s not going to hurt/dent anything. It’s not like you’re going to buy a truckload of Cheetos and let them rot in your apartment building. Why would you do that? To stick it to the man? You’re going to get one bag of chips when you feel the need, once in a while, and it’s less than a drop in the ocean, production-wise.
. . . . . . . These guys have been hacking since they were kids. They know all the tricks by now. They probably started out making bus tickets for themselves before these went digital, then they followed the digital trackways into lands where the transit cards became free for themselves to use. Practice then made perfect.
. . . . . . . It’s the goal of every hacker to do this, but only a rarefied few elude the laser-beam setups of the computer gods working for the banking industry. Only a few avoid triggering the traps and alarms. But if you’re one of the half dozen, you’re set for life, without a doubt.