Today's Hard|Forum Post
Today's Hard|Forum Post

Wednesday July 10, 2013

How The Word 'Hacker' Got Corrupted

The word "hacker" doesn't mean what it used to and, to make matters worse, everything from social engineering tricksters to script kiddies are labeled hackers. frown

There seems little point trying to turn back the tide now. The hacker as a bad guy has caught on and hacking is definitely perceived as a bad thing by the public at large. But it is unfortunate for those who grew up using "hack", "hacking" and "hacker" without the bad connotations. The speed with which the new definition has swept in has left those in the know missing a word, and a useful one at that.