Origin of crackersaltered (infl. by cracker) from cracked
adjectiveChiefly British Slang
Origin of crackersProbably from cracker breakdown
crackers - Computer Definition
Black Hats who break into others’ computer systems without authorization, dig into code to break a software’s copy-protection provisions, flood Internet sites, deliberately deface Websites, and steal money or identities. Sometimes the terms “network hackers” or “net-runners” are used to describe them. Often the media incorrectly substitute the word hacker for cracker—a behavior that irritates many in the Computer Underground.
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