:cracking: n. [very common] The act of breaking into a computer system;
what a cracker
does. Contrary to widespread myth, this does not
usually involve some mysterious leap of hackerly brilliance, but rather
persistence and the dogged repetition of a handful of fairly well-known
tricks that exploit common weaknesses in the security of target systems.
Accordingly, most crackers are only mediocre hackers.
Jargon File Version 4.3.1, 29 JUN 2001 =
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