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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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The hackers posted photographs of the Pakistan and Turkish flags with a tweet saying, "The Indian State, who mercilessly attacks the Muslims fasting in the month of Ramadan, is attacking the Ummah Muhammad in this age!
"I got upset because I feel no one is learning, I just felt upset at this particular moment, because seeing this lack of security in 2019 is making me angry," the hacker told ZDNet.
Cryptors' initial 300 ethical hackers grew to a thousand hackers willing to offer their services to further intensify the cybersecurity of not just companies but of the country as well.
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Hackers also openly sell hacked pages online and are ready to give rights against payment.
Also deserving of amplification or future work is the distinction between hackers as criminals and hackers as nuisances.
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The Hacker Advisory Board was established by John McAfee to assist in steering the company's technology in the field of cyber security threats.
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