From SysAdminMagazine: "An earlier term for gaining unauthorized access to computers was "cracking" (as in
safe cracking), whereas "hacking" applied to people that pushed computers and software to their limits (and beyond). Over time,
the media has bastardized the term "hacking", leaving "cracking" to pedantic geeks and the history books. The term hacker is now
applied equally to people like Linus Torvalds (father of Linux) or Tim Berners-Lee (father of the modern WWW), and criminals that
steal information or execute attacks on network sites."
March 23, 2001