The term “hacker” has a dual usage in the computer industry today, it is best defined as:
HACKER noun 1. A person who enjoys learning the details of computer systems and how to stretch their capabilities—as opposed to most users of computers, who prefer to learn only the minimum amount necessary. 2. One who programs enthusiastically or who enjoys programming rather than just theorizing about programming.
Nowhere in that definition does it say anything about cracking into somebody's computer with malacious intent. Nowhere. Yet when people hear the word "hacker" they thing "bad." Of course, there are
hackers who use their skills for malacious purposes, and these are know as the blackhat hackers. But really the VAST majority of hackers are just those who fit the definition above. So people, stop making rash assumptions... NOT ALL HACKERS ARE BAD! I myself, fall into the first definition of a hacker, and soon to fall into the second. Without hackers, the computer industry and the security that surrounds it would be nowhere near
where we are today... so if anything, thank hackers!
Read more about the practice of ETHICAL HACKING
in the IBM Systems Journal.