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A Brief Guide to Hacking
Slide 1

You are going to watch a video containing a short introduction to 'hacking'. Before you continue, you might want to check a definition of 'hacking' in the glossary.

All original video material has been adapted courtesy of Tinkernut.com (http://www.youtube.com/user/gigafide#p/u/11/hzC6BONJgsQ), and all original textual material courtesy of The Guardian (http://www.guardian.co.uk/)

Hackers have increasingly been depicted in different forms of mainstream culture such as film - e.g. 'Die Hard' (1988), 'The Matrix' (1999), 'the Italian job' (2003), 'Firewall' (2006) - as well as in literature - e.g. 'The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo' (2008).

In general, which of the following images of 'hackers' are prevalent in the public's imagination?
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Hackers are 'outlaws' that need to be feared.

Hackers are the real 'heroes' of the computer revolution.

Hackers represent a minor annoyance, but are ultimately harmless.


Now listen to the beginning of the video. Which of the above descriptions of hackers does this video suggest is most common in the public imagination?





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Listen to the introduction to this video again and fill in the gaps below by completing the missing words.

What is hacking? Why do people hack? Popular culture has hackers as that need to be . But, is it really something to be scared of? Do you really know what it means to hack? Well, hopefully this video will some on this dark side of computing.



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What is hacking? Why do people hack? Popular culture has hackers as that need to be . But, is it really something to be scared of? Do you really know what it means to hack? Well, hopefully this video will some on this dark side of computing.

What is hacking? Why do people hack? Popular culture has hackers as that need to be . But, is it really something to be scared of? Do you really know what it means to hack? Well, hopefully this video will some on this dark side of computing.