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Offending the hackers?
Microsoft releases biggest patch on record
It said six of the patches were high priority and should be deployed immediately. The patches — which update software to write over glitches — are designed to protect users from hackers or malicious software downloaded from the Internet.
The word you are looking for is “crackers” NOT “hackers”. There is a huge difference, and it is quite offensive to use the incorrect term.
Please modify your article to reflect the correct usage, and any articles that you may publish in the future.
Man in Scary Mask
As someone who loves words, I’m unhappy when they get hijacked and given a new meaning for no good reason. However, I’m afraid trying to preserve the original meaning of hacker is just a lost cause.
To quote the Associated Press Stylebook, which is recognized by most U.S. media: “In common usage, the word has evolved to mean one who uses computer skills to unlawfully penetrate proprietary computer systems.” GBU Editor
A participant of the “Chaos Communication Camp – The International Hacker Meeting 2007″, sits with a laptop at a hangar of a former Soviet airfield in Finowfurt north of Berlin, August 8, 2007. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke