Ask these questions before you hire a hacker or cracker

Monday, 2 September 2002, 12:30 PM EST

If you interview someone who claims to be a former hacker or cracker, don’t jump to conclusions. Many people who call themselves hackers have never committed an illegal act and possess qualities desirable in an employee. Likewise, some who claim to be crackers lack the technical skills to justify the term, however malicious or self-serving their intent.

Builder.com member bradmbrown, a hacker advocate, defines a hacker this way: “A hacker is nothing more than a computer techie without ‘professional’ schooling.” This definition stems from the early days of computing and denotesa hack as a good thing in which innovation, endurance, and resourcefulness provide solutions where none is apparent. The popular media has twisted the term hacker to mean an individual who acts maliciously; however, in many tech circles, this meaning is rejected.

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