Did you know why prison guards are called "hacks?"
According to urban dictionary, who would know such things, it is an acronym for "Horse's A**es Carrying Keys," a term that guards are surely not only aware of, but none-too-pleased about. But if that is the only definition of the word hack they knew, it might explain a recent embarrassing situation at Ranby Prison, located in England, near Retford, Notts.
According to a story in the UK Mirror, 27-year-old computer hacker Douglas Havard, an inmate serving time for forging credit card information over the internet, was assigned the job of writing a special computer program for the prison. He was left unsupervised, hacked into the system, and not only shut it down, but left it crippled, creating a number of intricate passwords so no one else could gain access. And as for the "hacks" who were supposed to watch him?
They just stood around carrying keys, I'd assume.