We need to talk about all these absurd stock photos of hackers

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Hackers make it their life’s mission to remain anonymous, but we allllllll know exactly what they look like. I mean, come on. We’ve all seen the pictures.

They are a shady-looking individuals often found lurking in darkened rooms illuminated by nothing but the glow of menacing green binary code. Hackers are faceless creepers hidden by the invincible cloak of a hoodie, almost always typing on their keyboards.

Duh. Everyone knows that, because this stereotypical hacker image shows up in essentially every article ever written about hacking or cybersecurity attacks — from iCloud breaches and DDoS attacks to the recent WannaCrypt ransomware attack. Read more…

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