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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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Indeed, rather than simply enumerate existing problems with privacy, the authors believe that hackers and the greater hacker community can play a role in solving them.
This desire for recognition runs deep in the hacker community and the inability to gain recognition through white-hat hacking activities may drive students toward black-hat activities.
An old favorite of the hacker community, these attacks come at various protocols levels e.
Seventy percent of those sampled believe the number of malicious hackers--criminals motivated by economic gain--is less then 25% of the of hacker community.
50) Its creation was a significant event in the hacker community.
But in everyday reality, the real motivation of the accused was to test these sites, not in the sense of performing an experiment, but in the sense of attacking and conquering these systems; boasting about his eventual triumphs would enhance his reputation in the eyes of the hacker community.
Of the sites designed to steal credentials, almost 15 percent are derived from toolkits, an emerging tactic from the hacker community.
Lego even decided to embrace the hacker community, which has spent years altering the electronic brain of the system to make the robots perform beyond what Lego had intended.
The hacker community is certain to focus some of its efforts on this new market, and software patches which enable free access or hacked SIM cards could become a significant problem.
Microsoft is the biggest target in part because it's the most widely deployed operating system in the world, but also because the hacker community resents "closed source" applications like Windows.
Be warned: a document purporting to be a missing chapter to this book is bouncing around the hacker community.
The author cautions the hacker community not to do bad things with this information.