Cracking the cult of hackers

Wednesday, 3 May 2006, 12:28 AM EST

Much like spies and movie stars, hackers carry the allure and mystery of another world. Maybe it is the look of the stylish outfits and mirrored sunglasses from The Matrix that helps to perpetuate an aura of cool. Or maybe it is the relatively lower level of tech savvy among most people -- some of whom dread switching e-mail programs, much less contemplating the intricacies of programming code -- that gives hackers their particular luster. In an age that speeds along on technology, cracking systems is the equivalent of robbing stagecoaches in a bygone era.

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