I guess you’ve all read the latest news about the “NASA hacker”: he gets extradited to the US. He is seen as a dangerous criminal:

Mark Summers, an official representing U.S. interests in the proceedings against McKinnon, said in British court that McKinnon’s actions were “intentional and calculated to influence and affect the U.S. government by intimidation and coercion.”

McKinnon himself sees things differently:

On every system he hacked, he left messages. ‘It was frightening because they had little or no security,’ he said. ‘I was always leaving messages on the desktop saying, “your security is really crap”.’

Which raises an important question: when you leave the door to your house unlocked, or even open, is someone who walks in breaking and entering or visiting?