I published a piece today on the meaning of the word "hacker". In it I argue that while the term has come to have two almost opposite meanings, one among engineers, one in the mainstream media, nothing in the recent News of the World "Phone Hacking" scandal deserves to be associated with this word.
Typing the default password “1111” into the voicemail box of a murdered girl is not hacking. Neither is bribing the police for the phone numbers of celebrities and crime victims. Unless we’re ready to call smashing the window on my Honda Civic “car hacking,” nothing in the News. Corp scandal fits the bill.
There are some great thoughts in here from Kevin Mitnick and +Steven Levy
. Facebook founder +Mark Zuckerberg
weighs in with his definition of "hacker".
Also +Adam Penenberg
just published a great piece along similar lines over at Reuters that I need to digest right now.http://www.betabeat.com/2011/07/26/hacked-to-death-how-journalists-are-ruining-the-word-hacker/