It’s important to note that there are some rare instances in which a collective noun functions as a plural subject. The rule is this: If the members of the group function as a unit, then treat the collective noun as singular; if the members of the group function individually, then treat the collective noun as plural.
"The determination to win is the better part of winning."
- Daisaku Ikeda
Ian Murphy is the king of the old-school computer hackers. In 1981, he and three accomplices broke into the AT&T phone system and changed its internal clocks so that customers would get midnight discounts in midday, while late-night callers got stuck with outrageous bills. For the incident, Murphy became the first hacker to be charged with a computer crime.