Hackers are called many names: Hackerz, Crackerz, Phreakerz, and Cyberpunks. These labels are both names given to them, and ones that they themselves have adopted. Their roles in the information age still remains for the most part a mystery, though. Some brand them as criminals. Some have suggested that they are geniuses. Most think that they are a danger.
The majority of people have very little knowledge, about hackers and their movement. They are paranoid and suspicious of anyone who identifies himself or herself as a hacker. People are motivated by fear, fear of the unknown. Unfortunately, their fear is not wholly unjustified, but as history has shown it is wrong to condemn a whole group for the actions of a few.