Summary of Hackers: The Internet’s Immune System

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Hackers provide a valuable service to society; they help cultivate a safer, more robust web.


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According to cybersecurity analyst Keren Elazari, though some hackers exploit their power for personal gain, many are vigilantes who raise the bar of security and spawn movements for positive change. Elazari makes a case for the good guys, who provide a vital service to society. But the hacker world is not so black and white; well-intentioned hackers often must break the law to achieve their ends. getAbstract recommends Elazari’s compelling insider view to corporate and government leaders; by embracing hackers, they can develop a safer, more robust Internet.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why the general population must recognize, legitimize and even encourage a growing number of responsible hackers;
  • How the power hackers have benefited both corporations and individuals; and
  • How hacking can manifest in positive social change.


In 2010, a hacker named Barnaby Jack found a way to instruct ATMs to eject money. Instead of abusing his discovery, he shared it so that banks could upgrade their systems to guard against sinister attacks.
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Cybersecurity analyst Keren Elezari researches new technologies and emerging risks.

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