Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 7th Feb 2007 19:31 UTC, submitted by twenex
Internet & Networking Hackers Crackers have attempted to topple key parts of the internet's backbone, in one of the most significant attacks of recent years. The target was servers that help to direct global internet traffic. In the early hours of Tuesday three key servers were hit by a barrage of data in what is known as a distributed denial-of-service attack. There is no evidence so far of damage, which experts are saying is testament to the robust nature of the internet.
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by twenex on Wed 7th Feb 2007 20:07 UTC
twenex
Member since:
2006-04-21

I'm glad you crossed out "hackers" in that summary. These days, I'm so used to seeing the word used in that way, I didn't even blink.

Nice to know some places still get it right!

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RE: Thanks
by Kroc on Wed 7th Feb 2007 20:15 in reply to "Thanks"
Kroc Member since:
2005-11-10

I was going to say that too. Correct hacker lingo is important to me, as it isn't "m4d l33t sp34k!" like most think. Proper hackish lexicon is imaginative, fun and highly creative.

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RE[2]: Thanks
by StephenBeDoper on Wed 7th Feb 2007 20:52 in reply to "RE: Thanks"
StephenBeDoper Member since:
2005-07-06

The really sad thing about l33t speak is that (if I'm not mistaken) it was basically a silly "stylistic" fad/affectation that was borrowed from "punk" in the 80s, and has lived on with wannabe-"hackers" long after dying out with the group that originated it.

Although, I do admit thinking that the character name "Da5id" from Snow Crash was sort of clever.

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RE: Thanks
by stestagg on Wed 7th Feb 2007 22:35 in reply to "Thanks"
stestagg Member since:
2006-06-03

Remember that language is defined by usage, so in todays world, the term 'Hacker' actually means what most people think it means.

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RE[2]: Thanks
by twenex on Wed 7th Feb 2007 22:58 in reply to "RE: Thanks"
twenex Member since:
2006-04-21

Well judging by the votes for that post, a lot of people disagree with you.

Besides, what something means is often defined not just by the general public, but also by its usage in a particular field. Watch a psychologist's reaction if you misuse the word "schizophrenia" for example.

Now if those who use "hacker" in the sense we use "cracker" had another word for OUR sense of "hacker", that might help. But they don't have one that fits exactly.

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