Anybody really think they will let him die? Please! There will be feeding tubes going into both ends..
Well, I don't think he has anything to worry about since "Hacking" is not a crime and if it is made into one then I think that will be rather difficult to enforce since you would have to lock up most of the population of this planet. Now "Cracking" (think safe cracker) is a different matter.
IT writers, popular press and especially Holywood have been getting the definition of "hacker" wrong for over 25 years.
Even Wikipedia has got it wrong (from an older school perspective) in their initial definition of the word Hacker although if you read further the article does mention the historical difference between the words "hacker" and "cracker". Ah! the power of the ill-informed media.
Repeat after me "A computer hacker is someone who writes and modifies computer code. A computer cracker is someone who illegally breaks into computer systems". As an example, a hacker can write and modify computer code for nefarious purposes but it is only when that code is used for illegal purposes then the person who uses it becomes what is called a "black hat hacker", "script kiddy" or more accurately a "cracker".
Not convinced? How about downloading Wireshark . It's free and it is an excellent network checker. Run Wireshark in the confinement of your home and you are effectively hacking your own network by capturing and analyzing all packets. Run Wireshark outside your own home without permission (written is best) and you could be in trouble for trying to crack any networks that your PC can see.
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