hackers in the media

closed account (Dy7SLyTq)
I apologize for this, but this is really the only site I know of that will understand. Hackers in the media are very misconstrued and it is hurting our image... i know im nowhere near the elite, im more of an intermediate. However, i simply showed a friend how to download a file off of google drive, using team viewer. her parents freaked out because they thought i had given her a virus. anyways... i just needed to rant about how everyone assumes im doing stuff bad because of the media... i mean even on this site i posted my wumbo script and someone asked whats wumbo? will it give me a virus? /rant
Black hat and grey hat hackers are also disproportionately punished for their crimes by the government, I assume out of fear. It's common practice in the UK for a hacker to get longer sentences than someone who committed a violent assault or rape. =/
Fun fact:

Compare what you think a "hacker" is (and by now, the common definition, due to the media and hype and things) with this:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hacker_(programmer_subculture)
http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/words-to-avoid.html#Hacker
The word is used excessively and inappropriately to the extent where its original definition has now been interpreted completely differently.

People even think that knowing someone's account password is 'hacking'.
closed account (Dy7SLyTq)
i know. its very annoying... even my computer tech teacher thinks i write c++ code that will mess up his computer. i cant even compile it on that computer
Just waiting for the usual suspects to come in and start in about hacker and cracker and the differences :).
@BHXSpecter
Look at the second reply. You're about ten hours late.
Sorry, I had this open before anyone replied and just forgot to refresh before posting that.
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