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Open letter to the media about the misuse of the term "hacker"

Aug 03, 2010, 21:33 (3 Talkback[s])


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"In the past few days/weeks in Slovenian media there was a big boom about three Slovenian citisens who allegedly cooperated in the Mariposa botnet. If you don't know what this is about read this press release from the FBI. The media has repeatedly called these alleged cybercriminals "hackers".

"Since this is a wrong use of this term and a lot of us refer to ourselves and others amongst our midst as "hackers", in the Fellowship group Slovenia we felt that something had to be done.

"So we wrote and sent an open letter to the media explaining the difference between "hackers" and "crackers" and kindly asking the media to use this words correctly in the future. This action was backed up by several other groups and institutions."

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