Suddenly (well, over the past 20 years), hacking has become something evil, and all those old meanings are forgotten.
And you're just as bad. "Constructive" was never a pre-requisite -- deconstructive operations were just as common, if not more so, because of "taking it apart to see how it works," and there's no viable clause anywhere that precludes a destructive operation from having a legitimate use, other than this naive re-branding idiocy.
And yes, it is both naive and idiotic. The latter in appropriating another term that already meant something else, instead of abandoning the original and taking on a new one. Now the only people who ever even bother to note any "hacker" vs "cracker" differentiation are here. The media that spawned the whole non-problem in the first place? Never once seen them keep to the "proper branding."
The former in thinking that the actual word has fuckall to do with anything: hackers were a counterculture that valued merit and intelligence, and as society started embracing anti-intellectuallism and mediocrity, of course they were made out to be the bad guys. It doesn't matter if you called them "Puppies" vs "Nazis" instead of "hackers" vs "crackers"; if you don't play by the arbitrary and one-sided rules, you're going to be the bad guy, and guess which one the media is going to call you?
Yep, still a frigging "hacker."