A hacker by definition believes in access to free information. They are usually very intelligent people who could care very little about what you have on your system.
Their thrill comes from system infiltration for information reasons. Hackers unlike “crackers and anarchist” know being able to break system security doesn’t make you a hacker any more than adding 2+2 makes you a mathematician.
Unfortunately, many journalists and writers have been fooled into using the word ‘hacker.” They have attributed any computer related illegal activities to the term “hacker.” Real hackers target mainly government institution. They believe important information can be found within government institutions. To them the risk is worth it.
The higher the security the better the challenge is. The better the challenge the better they need to be. Who’s the best keyboard cowboy? So to speak!
These individuals come in a variety of age classes. They range from High School students to University Grads. They are quite adept at programming and are smart enough to stay out of the spotlight.
They don’t particularly care about bragging about their accomplishments as it exposes them to suspicion. They prefer to work from behind the scenes and preserve their anonymity.
Not all hackers are loners, often you’ll find they have a very tight circle of associates, but still there is a level of anonymity between them. An associate of mine once said to me “if they say they are a hacker, then they’re not!”