Crackers Definition

krăkərz
adjective
Crazy; insane.
Webster's New World
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noun

Plural form of cracker.

Wiktionary
Synonyms:
  • biscuits
  • matzoth
  • snappers
  • firecrackers
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other
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. Schell, B.H. and Martin, C. Contemporary World Issues Series: Cybercrime: A Reference Handbook. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2004.
Webster's New World Hacker
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Origin of Crackers

  • From firecrackers in the head. Originally "He's got the crackers" then "He's gone crackers". Started as UK naval usage in the 1920's.

    From Wiktionary

  • Probably from cracker breakdown

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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