Hacker

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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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Once his laptop froze mid-way a lecture session and his iPhone started to beep endlessly, despite being on silent mode, Penenberg decided to hire investigators and white hat hackers to exploit his digital sphere just to know what the limits could be, PandoDaily reports.
The Global CyberLympics Middle East Championships will host the most-skilled white hat hackers from the region, and the top two teams will represent the region to compete in the world finals championship in 2012.
White hat hackers exploit security lapses to show off or highlight the gaps in systems.