Call them botnet operators or hackers, but don't mistake them for people that you would meet in line at the super market's cash register.
The Washington Post has an extremely long but insightful profile of a hacker in which the 19-year old brags about installing adware on his botnet – and the $10,000 he makes each month by doing so.
One of the hacker's buddies brilliantly phrases their disconnect with human society:
"Dude, the best part is when you walk in, you hand them the coupon or whatever, they give you your [pizza], and you walk out," one of them enthuses. "Then, it's like, yes, I am . . . the coolest man alive."
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