Taken from David LeBlanc's blog:
"writing code to explore how things worked (previously known as hacking)."

What's so different about that definition now?

Ahh, is it the kiddies looking for a quick buck or an organized effort to make lots of quick bucks?

I'd say that deep down, fundamentally, it's the same now as it was before. The only difference is that it attracted bigger fish to steal someone else's catch. Evolution, survival of the fittest, has reached the net.


Bureaucracy or Incompetence?

Quoting HDM:
"Look at how a hacker gets access to the driver: Right now I'm working on Microsoft's automated process to get Metasploit-certified. It [only] costs $500."

Quoting ISN:
"The irony of his statement lies in the idea that Vista trusts Microsoft-certified programsprograms that can include a hacker exploit platform that walks through the front door for a mere $500 and a conveyor-belt approval process."

Imagine the possibilities. I wonder, is this due to bureaucracy or just plain incompetence.