I've been biding my time during the "two or more years of info sec experience" and will be writing soon. It's very tempting to take one of the week long courses but this would only be to play in the pre-setup lab since the information would just be review.
I'm not offended by the implication that there are Hackers who happen to use those skills for criminal ends. I'm offended by the implication that the majority of Hackers are criminals. (not sure how a Sex Hacker or Food Hacker would be criminal though)
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