A survey of attendees at Infosecurity Europe earlier this month showed 70 percent in favour of the dictionary definition (in this case the Cambridge Dictionary) of a hacker being amended. The amendment in question being to remove 'illegality' from the definition. The current definition of a hacker is "a person who is skilled in the use of computer systems, often one who illegally obtains access to private computer systems".
So what do you reckon, DaniWebbers? Is it time that hacker was reclaimed entirely (rather than relying upon black and white labels) and if so what word should replace it as the default for those who illegally access systems and data? Cybercriminal (bit of a mouthful, and covers a much broader group than just 'hackers') or maybe the much less used these days cracker (which has a different pejorative meaning in US slang of course) or, well, what?