One in Four US Hackers ‘is an FBI Informer’ and Why Hackers Do What They Do

The underground world of computer hackers has been so thoroughly infiltrated in the US by the FBI and secret service that it is now riddled with paranoia and mistrust, with an estimated one in four hackers secretly informing on their peers, a Guardian investigation has established.Cyber policing units have had such success in forcing online criminals to co-operate with their investigations through the threat of long prison sentences that they have managed to create an army of informants deep inside the hacking community.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2011/jun/06/us-hackers-fbi-informerAlso see:How computer hackers do what they do … and why
The only entrance requirements for becoming a hacker are an inquiring mind and plenty of time. These are things that young teenagers – especially, though not exclusively, boys – tend to have.The classic – and outdated – picture of the hacker is of a teen sitting in his bedroom, obsessively coding something impenetrable on his own, waiting to unleash a terrible virus that will wreak havoc on computers around the world.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2011/jun/06/hackers-how-and-why-they-hack

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