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 with unethical intent. I believe hacking is a lifestyle, skill set, and a state of mind; an identity. I will represent the hacker community in a positive way and attempt to disprove negative stereotypes.

I believe current legislation is outdated and requires significant reform.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

I have read the Hacker's Manifesto and the Hacker Ethic. I support the position of I am the Cavalry on disclosure and will recommend Disclose.io as an example of vulnerability disclosure policies.

I understand we engage with a wide array of external sources to change the narrative that is presented and that attacking the media is prohibited. All interaction must be conducted in a positive format.

I understand the terms "white hat" and "black hat" are inappropriate. As an alternative, I support the following to be used instead to describe these personas:

White Hat
» Hacktivist
» Privacy Researcher
» Security Researcher

Black Hat
» Attacker
» Malicious Adversary
» Threat Actor


The hacker culture is one which promotes inclusivity regardless of ability, age, ethnicity, gender identity, race, religion, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status. We believe diversity is the best means through which personal growth is achieved and that open-mindedness fosters critical thinking and innovation, where order is created through chaos and balance is created through coexistence.

We proudly support the Electronic Frontier Alliance principles of free expression, security, privacy, creativity, and access to knowledge.


Any form of unethical behavior, discrimination, harassment, or intimidation will not be tolerated. If a determination is made that a HINAC representative has violated our tenets and/or has misrepresented the HINAC community, the transgressor will be expelled from HINAC and required to disassociate all HINAC affiliations and titles.

Please contact us if you believe a HINAC advocate, affiliate, organization, partner, sponsor, or volunteer has violated these policies.