When I was small, I didn't know C, or syscalls, or dynamic linking, or virtual memory management - yet I tried to read the stuff from Phrack anyway because I thought that was what the "cool guys" would read. I couldn't grasp how to smash the stack back then, but I understood this:
In the old days, before I was born, a "cool dude" was one who sent a 2600Hz signal into a land line to get free international calls. In the 2010s, a "cool dude" is someone who sends his code to a lot of consumers to get free Lamborghinis.
Every once in a while, one of these cool dudes remembers that it's not really about the free international phone calls, or Lamborghinis - although those are nice and cool tricks. They did more, and the world was afraid.
One of these dudes got caught again, and this time, he decided to take his life, instead of writing a manifesto. Too bad.
RIP, Aaron Swartz.