Does the Word “Hacker” Come from Yiddish?

Is the tech term, as in computer hacker, connected with the verb hakn, meaning to chop?

Members of Anonymous, the internet hacking collective. Wikipedia.

Members of Anonymous, the internet hacking collective. Wikipedia.

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Jan. 28 2015
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