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noun, plural samurai. Japanese History.
a member of the hereditary warrior class in feudal Japan.
a retainer of a daimyo.
noun (pl) -rai
the Japanese warrior caste that provided the administrative and fighting aristocracy from the 11th to the 19th centuries
a member of this aristocracy

A hacker who hires out for legal cracking jobs, snooping for factions in corporate political fights, lawyers pursuing privacy-rights and First Amendment cases, and other parties with legitimate reasons to need an electronic locksmith. In 1991, mainstream media reported the existence of a loose-knit culture of samurai that meets electronically on BBS systems, mostly bright teenagers with personal micros; they have modelled themselves explicitly on the historical samurai of Japan and on the “net cowboys” of William Gibson’s cyberpunk novels. Those interviewed claim to adhere to a rigid ethic of loyalty to their employers and to disdain the vandalism and theft practiced by criminal crackers as beneath them and contrary to the hacker ethic; some quote Miyamoto Musashi’s “Book of Five Rings”, a classic of historical samurai doctrine, in support of these principles.
See also Stupids, social engineering, cracker, hacker ethic, and dark-side hacker.
[Jargon File]


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