The media throws the term hacker arround on any subject that in any way relates to something bad with computers.
>The stock market computers crashed!
>Oh, it was probably those evil hackers again!
(No, it was Microsoft being fags!)
In this case anyway, its just a bunch of spammers who dont care about anything but money, which is a very good majority of americans.
Personally, the only news I watch is Tech Live, its gives me the news i care about, and the important world news, instead of local folks getting shot, car chases, u know, that really unimportant shit that the media uses to keep people watching, and to keep fear in the community. Plus, Tech Live doesn't inaproprietly use the term "hacker."