Former Dallas Cowboys linebacker James Harrison told the Los Angeles Times that he doesn’t think the term “hacker” accurately describes the person who does that type of work.
In a tweet from Friday morning, Harrison explained that he is a member of the Hacker News community, but that the term doesn’t accurately reflect the kind of work a hacker does.
The term “hack” is used to describe the person that can take control of a system or access data stored on it, according to the definition of that term.
Harrison, who is now in a relationship with actress Jada Pinkett Smith, told the Times that his definition of the word “hackers” is not that broad.
“The hacker is not an ordinary person who breaks into a computer and steals information,” Harrison said.
“They are the ones that have the skills to do that and the capability to break into the system.”
He added that the definition is “a bit broad” and doesn’t capture what a hacker’s role is.
Hacking is defined as the “attempt to gain unauthorized access to a computer, or the attempted unauthorized access of a computer system.”
It can also refer to the use of “malicious software” or a program that does something to a system.
Hearing Harrison’s definition of a hacker, former Cowboys linebacker J.J. Watt, said, “Yeah, that’s not really what I use it for.
I use the term a lot.”
The NFL Players Association did not immediately respond to a request for comment from ESPN.
H/T SportsBusiness Journal