Paul Andrews, "Hackers: Who Are These Guys?", The Seattle Times, February 22, 1996
William D. Marbach et al., "The Phoniest Phone Bills," Newsweek, March 26, 1984
We need this to be a word which is usable by those in the media, that is, three or fewer syllables. "Security breaker" is right out. The word must also be sufficiently distinctive to have that "appeal" that is so important to commercial television. Maybe we should just call them "thieves", but it just ain't snazzy, nor does it distinguish them from normal thieves.
I am too busy to coordinate the responses, so either post them to the net or volunteer to coordinate it yourself. Here are a few to get started:
Tim Maroney, "Re: Changing meaning of term "hacker"," net.misc, net.nlang, September 14, 1983
white hat hacker