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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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These were the respective punishments handed out to Darren Martyn and Mustafa Al-Bassam, two computer hackers charged with political attacks on various corporate and government websites, or as we call it here in the UK, "conspiracy to commit computer misuse with intent to disrupt or impair the operation of a computer or computer(s)."
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.
Crooks behind a computer hacker scam were never going to have much success by targeting Din Hassan - he works in an IT department.
Suspected hacker arrest A SUSPECTED computer hacker has been arrested as part of a national week-long crackdown on cyber crime.
(2006/15) The Matrix 9.00pm, ITV2 A computer programmer known as Neo (Keanu Reeves), finds himself targeted by mysterious agents when Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne), a legendary computer hacker, reveals the truth about the reality of existence to him.
THE Home Secretary is proposing to decide in mid-October whether to order computer hacker Gary McKinnon's extradition to the US, the High Court has been told.
COMPUTER hacker Gary McKinnon lives in constant terror as he fights extradition to the US, his mother said yesterday.
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A HIGH Court judge will rule on whether Home Secretary Alan Johnson was wrong to allow the extradition of computer hacker Gary McKinnon Mr McKinnon's lawyers have been granted permission for judicial review of Mr Johnson's decision that sending him to the US for trial would not breach his human rights.
THE mother of computer hacker Gary McKinnon came face to face with the Home Secretary and pleaded with him to halt her son's extradition to the US.
A COMPUTER hacker who caused chaos with one of the world's most destructive viruses was facing up to five years' jail today.

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