Tuesday, May 15, 2018

The First Known Hacker...!

When we think of the term "hacker", most of us imagine a shadowy computer nerd type...or at least I do.

Surprisingly, the first known "hacker" showed up a very long time ago. This story from Listverse will tell you a little history of the man and of his famous hack.

Nevil Maskelyne Hacked A Wireless Telegraph Demonstration: 1903



Photo credit: Perpetual Efforts in Futility

The second it became physically possible to hack into something, somebody did it. That somebody’s name was Nevil Maskleyne, history’s first hacker, and he was around a lot earlier than you might expect. He hacked into a live telegraph demonstration in 1903.

Maskleyne didn’t even wait for wireless telegraphs to go on the market; he hacked into one of the first demonstrations. Its creator, Guglielmo Marconi, was putting on a presentation to show how it worked. Marconi wanted to prove to the public that his wireless telegraphs were secure and that anything they sent would be completely private.

As the presentation began, though, his telegraph started tapping out a strange message. First, it just beeped out the word “Rats” over and over again. Then it started punching out a limerick. “There was a young fellow of Italy,” it said, poking fun at Marconi, “who diddled the public quite prettily.”

Marconi was publicly humiliated. He didn’t have to wait long, though, to find out who was behind it. Maskleyne wrote papers bragging about what he’d done. He’d done it, he insisted, for the public good. They needed to know that if they were going to start sending messages without wires, their information wouldn’t stay private.

Well, now we know a bit more about the man and the door he opened to the rest of his kind. Funny how things like this always seem to get started as "for the public good", isn't it?

Coffee out on the patio this mornng.

10 comments:

Mamahen said...

WOW...I would never have thought hacking started th a long ago...everything old is new again as the saying goes:))

bigfoot said...

Interesting...

linda m said...

I had no idea that hacking started that long ago. I firmly believe that some hackers are paid by the software companies, that develop the "Anti-virus" stuff, to keep trying to hack into their programs. Then again there are the guys out there who look at it as a challenge - nothing better to do with their time.

Momlady said...

Nothing's sacred.

Weekend-Windup said...

Nice to know about hacking. I was thinking that hacking is just hacking the computer. Good info about hacking:)

HermitJim said...

Hey Mamahen...
Came as a surprise to me as well.
Thanks for stopping by today!


Hey Bigfoot...
Thanks for saying so.
Thanks for coming over as well!


Hey Linda...
I reckon that hacking, like anything else, can be good or bad.
Thanks for the visit today!


Hey Momlady...
Certainly not in this time and age.
Thanks for stopping by today!


Hey WW...
The term has been around for a while, I think.
Thanks for coming by this morning!


taminator013 said...

That was great. A man after my own heart with that limerick.............

HermitJim said...

Hey Taminator...
It is kinda catchy, isn't it?
Thanks for the visit today!

JO said...

There will always be creeps around to cause problems it's sad but like someone else said they just don't have anything better to do.

I'm up for the patio while the weather is still nice and cool in the morning

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