“Playfully doing something difficult, whether useful or not, that is hacking.”
~ Richard Stallman
There is a very distorted image regarding hackers and hacking among the general (i.e. non-programmer) public. Mostly, it has been influenced by Hollywood, news media and pop-culture. People normally associate it with some sort of black magic using computers, that enables one to get facebook login details and steal credit cards in a snap.
Some popular movies that have spread this misinformation include Wargames (1983), Swordfish (2001), and the Angelina Jolie starring Hackers (1995). Even journalists use the term ‘hack’ to exclusively refer to cybercrime. …