Agree with 'Guest' re: hackers vs Crackers. I admit to being a hacker (most of the stuff is for paid work though), but if I find security holes etc., I try and inform the person concerned about it.
Crackers tend to keep knowledge like that to themselves and abuse the site for their own purposes. Script kidders are the lowest of the low tho - they can't actually 'hack or crack' themselves and have to resort to using pre-built programs and scripts to do their work for them.
Err! actually the only thing I possibly got wrong was not to put the word Hacking in quotes. I thought my use of quotes around the word Hackers was enough to indicate that I was simply following Peters lead in reffering to this for of (self) abuse as "Hacking". Just to reiterate the *Wrong* use was in headline of the news item which I was responding to. FWIW I agree that the most likely culprit is a immature Script Kiddie with neither Haking or Cracking skills.
Victor Shears, Maidstone
Does anyone know how the terms "hacker" and "cracker" came about? It seems that 99% of people (including myself) think or used to think that a hacker is someone who uses exploits to inflict malicious damage on computers. Please no Xmas puns about "cracker"!
The term "cracker" came about, when people started to crack the copy-protection-mechanisms of commercial software packages in the late 1980s. As this was illegal in most countries, it got that negative image and that's why it was adopted for all the "bad" hackers.
I recommend the book "Maximum Protection" by Ryan Russell and Stace Cunningham to everyone who wants to know more about hackers, crackers, hacking and cracking.