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My group also discussed hackers.

I said that hackers can be good and bad. It depends on the person and how they use their skill set.

A hacker is defined by Oxford Dictionary as “a person who uses computers to gain unauthorized access to data”.

Merriam-Webster has a slightly different definition. A hacker is “one that hacks, a person who is inexperienced or unskilled at a particular activity <a tennis hacker>, an expert at programming and solving problems with a computer, a person who illegally gains access to and sometimes tampers with information in a computer system”.

I see hackers as normal people with an exceptional skill level. They are able to access computer software and manipulate it in ways that I would have never thought possible.

I believe hackers can be good people because they can use their skills for good and to help people. This reminds me of the show “Leverage”. The premise of the show is that a group of con men get together to do a job. Once they realize that the client is going to kill them, they plan their attack. Their past may have been dark and cold, but they work well together. The team consists of a mastermind; Nate, a grifter; Sophie, a thief; Parker, hitter: Eliot, and a hacker; Hardison.

As the show goes on, you see that Hardison uses his hacking skills to pay off his grandmother’s hospital bills. He uses his skills to do many good things for people even though they are illegal.

That is the reason that I believe hackers can be good people.

Hackers can be bad as well. They can leave viruses and malware in the system that they are hacking. Most of the time it is on purpose. A hacker has to be at least decent enough to hack into something in order to leave a virus.

Hackers can use this information to blackmail people, to get what they want.

Hackers are both good and bad. It depends on the person and what they do with their skill.


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