Hacker vs. hacker: how to tell them apart

Wednesday, 4 September 2002, 1:26 AM EST

A few years ago, there were a few short months when the public seemed almost able to grasp the fact that there are different kinds of hackers. Some arrests had been made, and media comments began to sound almost insightful as more attention was paid to the hacking phenomenon and its causes.

As hacker guru Kevin Mitnick gave interviews from jail and Eric Raymond released The New Hacker's Dictionary for public consumption, discussion about hacking flourished.

Alas, almost as soon as progress started, it was stymied.

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