In a recent post at Security Ripcord, Cutaway says:

Let me elaborate on the second topic a little more. The days of hacking for fun are over. I think it is safe to say that nearly everybody has come to that realization (there may be a few holdouts in upper management but they will not last long). This means that the stakes are higher for the good guys and the bad guys.

Sure, the stakes might be higher, but don’t always equate hacking with security research. Hacking is fun. Research is work. Sometimes they overlap. Let’s not take the sense of wonder out of hacking, which is an exercise in exploration, just because the term also applies to the occasional transgressions of bad guys.

Of course I know Cutaway knows this (Mystery Challenge and all), but like any good blogger I’m taking something out of context to have a little fun and make a point.