posted on Jun, 19 2008 @ 01:08 AM
reply to post by krill
Hackers, in the sense of the person being discussed in this thread, are like a tax for which you get zero services in return.
They cost Billions a year added on to the cost of doing business.
The businesses have no choice but to add that cost to the prices of their products and services.
Everyone gets stuck with that extra cost.
Hackers are not religious icons or worthy of praise. They cause most of the jobs they end up doing. They are no different than people who paint
graffiti, vandalize or make general nuisances of themselves for attention.
Any of the things you say they bring to the table, they could have done without any need for their avocation of criminal acts.
When a hacker enters another's computer, it is no different than breaking into someone else's home. When they take information it is the same as
stealing the family silver. When they do damage to the computer it is just live vandalizing property on the way out the door. The mentality is
The only way a Hacker can apply their craft is by breaking the law and violating property that does not belong to them. It's more like a rape than a
robbery. They go into people private lives and businesses private files, not to mention protected employee files.
For a small business owner like me, getting hacked and having my files dumped could mean a couple of months income in unexpected costs. To a big
business or the government, it could mean millions of files of personal or account information could be on the Black Market.
There is nothing cute about Hackers.
This 60 years thing is a bit much, but any American knows that it actually means less than 20 for a first offense and out in 10 if they act right;