"Hackers" analyzes the many misconceptions of the Hacker culture, which often contributes many unrecognized positive influences on the computing world today.

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When the word technology is mentioned, the first thing that comes to a person's mind is a computer. In today's society of business men and women one can not walk around without seeing a computer every five feet. Computers are something that society has come to rely upon, and with it the reliance upon those who understand computers. System administrators, web designers, computer technicians; are all people who are of the utmost importance to the functioning of the economy. What most people do not know is that most of these people have a certain amount of knowledge about computers that is not shared with the public. This knowledge is evil, and can be used to cause great peril in many ways. However, this is not a problem as these people who are relied upon have a sense of responsibility and do not use this knowledge for evil, yet rather for good.

Enter the person who has become synonymous with computer carnage; the hacker. The hacker is also someone who strives for good in a sea of evil. Stereotypes are something that are still very influential in society, even in the world of cyberspace. The stereotype that all computer hackers are bent on world domination and mass destruction is one that is false. True computer hackers feed upon the thrill of being able to "break in" to a computer system, not malicious attacks on it. The most "elite" hackers will also reveal the way they broke in to the company so that they can increase their security. In the end, if there is no challenge, then there is no point. .

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