Assumptions, or what they want to make us believe...
1. Hackers have no scruples, moral values, are not human enough to have a sense of right or wrong.
2. Hackers have no agenda, no purpose in life and do all that hacking to give their sorry excuse for a life some kind on meaning.
3. Hackers are detached from reality, thinking in some secret programming language and unable to have real social contacts.
4 Hackers take pure pleasure in destroying stuff for no obvious reason.
Wake up, everyone!! Every social group has a statistic amount of idiots, and those are usually exploited to discredit the whole group. If "the authorities" would get their minds around the idea that above assumptions are plain wrong, give the more serious parts of hacker groups some credit for their expertize (and good intentions), and gained the trust of at least a few members the benefits would be mutual. But I am afraid there is too much pride to swallow on both sides, right?
It's easier to manipulate opinion in a direction where "hacker" equals "terrorist" similar as is done with the term "activist". "If you can't control it, destroy it..."; "If they talk back, destroy them..."
And in the other corner to brandish everything close to any government as evil and corrupted, and worth fighting no matter what.
When do you mentally mature enough to get over the state of a stubborn, over opinionated, rebellious teenager thrashed around by early puberty. Damn it! Both of you!