The truth, as security researchers have shown in recent years, is both more malignant and more mundane. There are the good, the bad and every morally ambiguous shade in between. There are those sponsored by a state or a terrorist organization. There are the freedom fighters, the truth campaigners, the anarchists, the tinkerers. There are criminal kingpins and, yes, even working stiffs. A recent survey of 10,000 hackers in the U.S., U.K. and Germany found that on average the annual salary for hacking was $28,744.