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November 13, 2013 AT 7:14 pm

The mainstream rehabilitation of the ‘hacker’

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In from the cold: the mainstream rehabilitation of the ‘hacker’ | Media Network @ Guardian Professional.

Today the word “hacker” is returning to its original use; that of a technical genius who likes to explore the technical world and reshape it to his or her desires in a non-destructive way.

No longer unemployable, today’s hackers are in high demand. Law enforcement sees hackers as valuable assets in fighting today’s sophisticated cyber-criminals; companies see hackers as the front-line against complex cyber threats; and nation states see hackers both as a valuable resource and as a marketplace when it comes to building, and defending against, advanced cyber weapons.

We are what we celebrate, hacking is what got us all here and what will continue to propel us. Companies have hack days, there are “hacker scouts” – hackers explore and share. Hardware hacking.. the gov had a Hack day.


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