What’s a Hacker?
“Hacker” is one of those terms that has a different meaning depending on who uses it. Thanks to Hollywood, most people think a hacker is a person who gains illicit access to a computer and steals stuff or breaks into military networks and launches missiles for fun.
These days, a hacker doesn’t have to be a geek from a top university who breaks into banks and government systems. A hacker can be anyone, even the kid next door.
With an ordinary laptop, anyone can download simple software off the Internet to see everything that goes into and out of a computer on the same network. And the people who do this don’t always have the best of intentions.