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Please *do* glorify some great hackers and not crime

Re: "Stop Glorifying Hackers"(sic) from the

M. McWhorter,

I'm sorry you had trouble safely sharing data with yourself online using free and inexpensive services. How much extra would you be willing to pay for safe versions of your online services?

Equally I am sorry you did not value the free (to you) advice of the professional at Earthlink who advised your to secure private data offline as it was good advice given in good faith. You could pay a great deal to get worse advice.

The majority of your editorial seems to be aimed at journalists, whom you chastise for glorifying the exploits of online criminals. That's a valid complaint, though hardly specific to online crime. Many of the problems with modern journalism are related to the economics of publishing, including the dominance of "if it bleeds it leads" editorial decisions.

Instead I would caution your target audience and yourself about words: diction, connotation, and meaning. The words that you choose to use have meanings and even political significance that you would do well to pay more attention to.

Decrying the criminal activities of "hackers" in one sentence and then asking where all the "white hat hackers" are demonstrates your ignorance and does nothing to help anyone. The hackers are the good guys and your rhetoric isn't going motivate them (us) to help you much.

Regards,
Adric Net
BBST, CISSP, GSEC, GCIH, GCIA, LPIC-1, ITILF, AS CS, AS Psy.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/09/opinion/sunday/stop-glorifying-hackers.html

Originally on G+ here: https://plus.google.com/102299631906745519234/posts/9du7rqrSY81
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