As the Net becomes more and more a part of everyday life and the Conspiracy tries harder and harder to control it, hackers are becoming more and more of a necessity in this crazy world. The government and the mainstream media usually portray these people as criminals, software pirates, and "computer terrorists;" while it's true that these people exist, hey're not the true hackers. The real hackers are the ones who seek information for its own sake (not solely for profit), who refrain from causing malicious damage to people who don't deserve it, and who value privacy and freedom of information. This is why the Conspiracy hates hackers. The increasing popularity of 2600 magazine reflects the necessity of hacking in today's society; in fact, members of various professions consider it a more useful source of information than many standard textbooks.