Hacking is NOT a Crime is a non-profit organization seeking to raise awareness about the pejorative use of the terms "hacker" and "hacking" throughout the media and popular culture. Specifically, the negative stereotype with which the terms are so often associated. Hackers are often vilified and portrayed as unethical individuals.

Because of this, many hackers refrain from publicly disclosing privacy and security vulnerabilities they discover for fear of legal retaliation. Consequently, this is creating an increasingly hostile digital frontier due to ongoing compromises. We therefore advocate global legal reform to provide safeguards for hackers conducting good-faith privacy and security research.


Over the past several decades, the global media and popular culture has been using the term "hacker" to describe privacy and security enthusiasts who commit unethical acts. This is unfortunate, but understandable. Given the esoteric nature of privacy and security, and the profound impact they now have on our everyday lives, it's easy to use the terms synonymously.

Contrary to this misconception, being a hacker is a lifestyle and mindset; an identity. It is not a fashion statement or a movie character. A hacker is simply a curious, outside-the-box thinker who creates unorthodox solutions for everyday problems. The actions and methods by which these problems are solved is called "hacking". A criminal is one who engages in unethical activities. Hackers don't engage in unethical activities.

It is not the knowledge or profession which determines how personas are labeled. It is the means, motive, opportunity, and most importantly the intent, that do. Hacking therefore, is not and cannot be, a crime. It is merely an ethical endeavor of exploration and problem solving.


The hacker culture is one which promotes inclusivity regardless of ability, age, ethnicity, gender identity, race, religion, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status. We believe diversity is the best means through which personal growth is achieved and that open-mindedness fosters critical thinking and innovation. Order is created through chaos and balance is created through coexistence.