I think the diference between hackers and crackers is
that a cracker who compromised a system would trash it or
damage it (e.g. change passwords, install root kit, etc.) a
hacker wouldn't do these things and merley compromises the
system to test it or for the fun of it.
Sure... if it's their system they're playing
around with. If someone breaks into one of my systems
just for the fun of it, and tells me "but I didn't trash
anything, so it's okay", I'd treat them with the same
kind of hostility as someone who broke into my apartment
for the hell of it, and told me "but I didn't steal
anything, so it's okay".
And let's not forget that these "for the fun of it"
criminals can easily trash stuff by accident (been there,
done that, restored my schoolwork from backups, got the
perp charged and expelled, and been paranoid ever since).
The hell with paco, vote for Erudil!