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Hacker

A person who infiltrates a computer system, usually in order to gather information. A hacker finds a way past the system's protocols. Some hackers do this simply for the thrill, though many others hack for nefarious purposes. For example, a hacker may be hired by a company or government to conduct espionage on a competitor or enemy. Other hackers freelance in order to find things like credit card numbers to facilitate identity theft and other crimes. However, the word is not always used in a negative context.
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Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori's credit card details have not been stolen by computer hackers who allegedly infiltrated the World Economic Forum (WEF), as suggested by a British newspaper, a Japanese spokesman said Tuesday.
Elmer Bautista, the department's chief state counsel, said a 1998 Philippine law that covers credit card fraud cannot be applied to deal with computer hackers, hampering efforts to prosecute the suspected Filipino makers of the "Love bug" virus.
Discontented workers, political organizations, disturbed individuals or computer hackers can damage a business' production line, steal corporate secrets or create a public relations nightmare.
The first true computer hackers, however, were students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) who had a passion for taking things apart to understand better how they work.
Taiwan confirmed Thursday that pro-Beijing computer hackers raided another official Web site, but denied the intruders destroyed any important data.
WASHINGTON: Computer hackers have vandalised two more US government sites on the Internet and left a taunting note promising to attack more federal computers because of a related FBI investigation.
Adam Penenberg covers technology companies, and when he read a story Glass wrote about young computer hackers working for high-tech firms, something seemed fishy.
At the same time, computer hackers and other cyberspace criminals have grown better able to penetrate computer systems once thought secure.
Security issues range from boring to exciting, and include topics such as computer viruses, key encryption, firewalls, computer hackers, employee theft, disasters (exciting), to passwords, backups, policies and procedures and disaster recovery or business continuity plans (boring).
In February 1996, hot on the heels of ill-conceived Hollywood artifacts The Net and Hackers, Deputy Attorney General Jamie Gorelick delivers a rambling, paranoid speech on the specter of computer hackers and "info warfare" to a closed session of the National Security in the Information Age conference at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.
Computer hackers have occasionally seized control of entire systems that support logistics, financial data, or weapons research and development.
The Internet has been much ballyhooed recently in the press, but until the last year or so, it had been pretty much a playground for accomplished computer hackers.

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