Should We Think of Hackers as the Internet's Immune System?

Digital freedom fighters or computer-based criminals, hackers garner mixed reactions depending on what they do and why they're doing it. But in this video, Keren Elazari suggests that we should perhaps think of all hackers as the Internet's immune system.


Sure, some hackers do good and others do bad, but by and large they all expose vulnerabilities that have to be fixed, Elazari reckons. In other words, they push the internet to evolve and improve, to grow stronger and healthier. Reckon she's onto something? [TED]



No they're assholes. The analogy for hackers and your immune system would be allergies. Those assholes would be allergies. There is nothing good that comes from allergies. Why is there no cure for allergies yet?