10:33:19 PM Oct 14th 2011
Strange. I was given to believe "cracker" denoted a hacker who lacked malicious intent, and just hacked For the Laffs.
04:09:09 PM Sep 5th 2015
Nope, actually the cracker is the one with malicious intent, more often than not they lack actual skill. Eric Raymond actually makes a good comparison of the two (as well as a scathing critique of crackers) in his article "How to become a Hacker". Basically, a hacker aims to create, the cracker aims to destroy.