Hackers as news

Hackers were a new phenomenon for the media at the time, while there was enough awareness that computers had become more and more important in our day-to-day lives. In the Netherlands the Franken Commission was preparing a law, which would define what computer crime would be, but this was still in process. As a producer I have to add that organizing this sort of event in the middle of the summer triggers more press attention than it would in the fall. In the summer the press is looking for news issues to cover for readers who are on holiday and like to read slightly longer articles.