All official HINAC Advocates and HINAC Volunteers are required to review and agree to the following HINAC Core Values

I believe hackers don’t exploit out-of-scope. I believe hacking is a lifestyle, skillset, and a state of mind. It is my professional responsibility to represent Information Security in a positive way and conduct hacking with permission at all times. 

I believe the current federal legislation is outdated and requires significant reform. I understand that we work to support and raise awareness to organizations that are redefining and protecting the rights of hackers.

I agree to avoid claiming authority to speak on behalf of HINAC when asked for commentary by external sources. Shall the occasion arise, I will consult with HINAC Leadership before providing a response.

I understand HINAC Advocates must present themselves in a meaningful way. In the event that I would like to engage with an external entity, I will get assistance from at least one other representative of HINAC.

I understand that we work with a wide array of media outlets to change the narrative that is presented and attacking the media is prohibited; all commentary on any issues must be presented in a meaningful, and educational light.

I will avoid being disrespectful, especially when representing HINAC. I will be empathetic and attempt to maintain a neutral standpoint when participating in the active resolution of presented issues. Supporting HINAC's mission requires continuous awareness of mislabeling.

I have read the Hacker Manifesto and Hacker Ethic. I agree to and follow the I am the Cavalry's position on disclosure.

If I am employed by a company that does not have vulnerability disclosure policies, I will recommend Disclose.io as an example of how to get started with vulnerability disclosure policies.

I understand that the usage of "white hat" and "black hat" are not appropriate. As a replacement, I support the following naming alternatives to be used instead to describe these personas:

White Hat

» Hacker
» Ethical hacker
» Professional hacker
» Security researcher

Black Hat

» Attacker
» Criminal
» Cybercriminal
» Malicious actor

Any form of discrimination or harassment will not be tolerated.
If a determination is made that HINAC Tenets have been violated and/or an advocate has misrepresented the HINAC community,
the offender will be removed from HINAC and required to disassociate any and all affiliations, titles, badges, etc.

Please contact us if you believe an Official HINAC Advocate, Affiliate, Partner, or Organization has violated these policies.


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We suggest our supporters politely encourage authors and speakers who use the term "hacker" in a negative connotation to use the term "cyber criminal" instead. Since "cyber" and "criminal" are descriptive of the illegal activities and are ubiquitous terms with which many are already familiar, it tends to resonate well with the majority of people.  The terms "adversary", "attacker", and "threat actor" also work to a lesser extent. Kindly use the hashtag #HackingIsNotACrime when encountering these situations on social media to raise awareness.


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Step 2: Tell the Press
Step 3: Encourage organizations to partner and campaign with us
Step 4: Contact your representatives to update legislation
Step 5: Support one or more of our affiliates and partners


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Are you interested in becoming an official HINAC advocate or volunteer? Contact us and let us know how you can help!