• Your mental image of hackers, which is wrong.

With hackers showing up so frequently in the news today and likely to continue doing so for the foreseeable future, it might be a good idea to revise your mental image of what they’re all about. Lots of people seem to be still working off the 1995 cyberthriller Hackers, and thus think of them as being heavily into vinyl pants and Crystal Method. In reality what they’re really stoked on right now are a flying, singing, rainbow-shitting cat made out of a Pop-Tart and rap tracks about breaking into people’s computers. Which is apparently a thing now.