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Stealing the Network: The Complete Series Collector's Edition, Final Chapter, and DVD by Timothy Mullen, Ryan Russell, Johnny Long

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Chapter 25. Bl@ckTo\/\/3r

Brian Hatch as “Glenn”

I have no idea if Charles is a hacker. Or rather, I know he’s a hacker; I just don’t know if he wears a white or black hat.

Anyone with mad skills is a hacker—hacker is a good word: it describes an intimate familiarity with how computers work. But it doesn’t describe how you apply that knowledge, which is where the old white-hat / black-hat bit comes from. I still prefer using “hacker” and “cracker,” rather than hat color. If you’re hacking, you’re doing something cool, ingenious, for the purposes of doing it. If you’re cracking, then you’re trying to get access to resources that aren’t yours. Good versus bad. Honorable versus dishonest.

Unfortunately, I am not a hacker. Nor am I a cracker. I’ve got ...

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