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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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Attendance figures were not immediately available, thanks to a computer hacker who shut down the Mart's computer twice, snarling buyer registration.
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.
No matter what steps are taken, PBXs and voice mail systems can be victimized by computer hackers.
And earlier this month a computer hacker in Germany gained access to a computer system at the Community Development Commission in Monterey Park that contained personal information on 4,800 public-housing residents throughout the county.
Current government standards dumb down encryption so much that a pedestrian computer hacker could crack the toughest codes allowed in a few hours.
While the image of a computer hacker exploiting software flaws over the Internet from a foreign country strikes fear, the reality is much more complex - and ominous.
Computer hacker Gary McKinnon will find out later whether Home Secretary Theresa May will end his 10-year battle against extradition to the United States.
COMPUTER hacker Gary McKinnon could be sent to the US within weeks after the Home Secretary refused to block his extradition.
THE mother of computer hacker Gary McKinnon came face-to-face with the Home Secretary today and pleaded with him to halt her son's extradition to the USA.
A BRITISH man suspected of being 'the biggest military computer hacker of all time' faces extradition to the United States after being arrested in London last night.
Fortunately, back in the sunlight, the team has a computer hacker named Rat (the incomparable DJ Qualls) to feed them information, provided he has an ``unlimited supply of 'Xena' tapes and Hot Pockets.
Summary: Computer hacker Gary McKinnon's 10-year fight against extradition to the United States was an "emotional rollercoaster", his mother said on Tuesday.

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