Originally the term “hacker” was used as a compliment in the computer community to denote an expert, especially those who experiment with and use code to improve software and computer performance. In popular usage and in the media, it generally describes computer intruders or criminals.
“Hacking” can be looked at as a collection of skills—like a locksmith’s ability to pick locks—it can be used for good or evil.
We realize that the positive definition of hacker was widely used for many years before the negative, and could be considered more authentic. But, we prefer to follow the common popular usage since the positive form is confusing and not likely to overcome the negative connotation. We apologize to all the “good hackers” out there.