Someone so computer literate they are able to 'hack' into computers (i.e. access and/or manipulate data held in them) usually employing a cunning ability to bypass or override password protection and other security strategies. Hackers often work at a distance physically from their target computers by abusing the facilities of the internet.
A computer user addicted to long-distance computing with data communications software, sometimes illegally tapping into government or industry computer systems.
Computer users who enjoy tinkering with computers as a way to develop new features or who intentionally access a single computer, system or a network without permission to do so. They can be there simply to look around or they can be there to destroy. (Eth, Gr. 8)
Someone who intentionally breaches computer security, usually to cause disruption or gain confidential information such as financial details. Originally the word "hacker" referred to any person who was into computer technology, but is now commonly used by the public and media to refer to those who have malicious intentions.
A user who breaks into "secure" computers for destructive or attention-getting purposes.
1. A person who enjoys exploring the details of programmable systems and how to stretch their capabilities. 2. One who programs enthusiastically. 3. A person who is good at programming quickly. 4. An expert at a particular program, as in 'a Unix hacker'. 5. [deprecated] A malicious meddler who tries to discover sensitive information by poking around. The correct term for this sense is "cracker."
One who uses a computer beyond its original design to accomplish a task. See also cracker.
one who uses computer to gain unauthorized access to data
A hacker is a person who tries to access other peoples computer systems normally to cause damage or harm to the system.
A hacker is somewhat who exploits security holes in technology for any purpose.
Generally, a hacker is anyone who enjoys experimenting with technology, including computers and networks. Not all hackers are criminals breaking into systems. Many are legitimate users and hobbyists. Nevertheless, some are dedicated criminals or vandals. See Cracker.
A computer user who illegally visits networked computers to look around or cause harm.
A person who secretly gains access to computers and files without permission.
Originally, a hacker was a term of respect among computer designers, programmers, and engineers for those among them who created truly original and ingenious programs, devices, or sometimes very clever practical jokes. Unfortunately, the current popular meaning of the term is to describe those who break into systems, destroy data, steal copyrighted software, and perform other destructive or illegal acts with computers and networks. See cracker.
This term has two meanings in computing: A ``good'' hacker is a person who tries everything. These people are indispensible in the construction and operation of a good departmental computing environment. Good hackers tell the system managers about combinations of things that don't work. ``Bad'' hackers are people who try to gain access to systems that they are not authorized to use. Bad hackers can be extremely dangerous and cause damage to the systems they access. Many security measures are designed to prevent unauthorized access and use of workstations by bad hackers.
Originally, a computer hobbyist. Now, someone with antisocial intent who attempts to invade remote systems.
A person who illegally gains access to your computer system.
The term used to refer to someone skilled in the use of computer systems, especially if that skill was obtained in an exploratory way. The term evolved to be applied to individuals, with or without skill, who break into security systems.
A person who attempts unauthorized access of other people's computers for the purpose of obtaining information on those computers or to do damage to those computers.
A computer user who uses clever or unorthodox techniques to solve technical problems or challenges.
A] term used to describe different types of computer experts, who employ a tactical, rather than strategic, approach to computer programming, administration, or security.
1. programmer, especially a gifted one. 2. person who uses a computer to commit a crime or invade privacy.
someone who can write clever and fast code although not necessarily well structured. This term is also incorrectly used to refer to people who try to break into other people's computer systems.
This term originally meant someone who "hacked" at a program until it was done, and has also meant someone who likes to tinker with computers. At its most negative, the term hacker refers to what is also called a cracker -- i.e., someone who illegally breaks into computer systems, sometimes causing damage.
is a term used by some to mean "a clever programmer" and by others, especially journalists or their editors, to mean "an intruder who breaks into someone else's computer system." Hacking is the process of cleverly solving a programming problem, not necessarily associated with crackers. HDSL
On USENET, calling someone a ``hacker'' is usually a statement that said person holds a great deal of knowledge and expertise in the field of computing, and is someone who is capable of exercising this expertise with great finesse. In the ``real world'', various media people have taken the word ``hacker'' and coerced it into meaning the same as `` cracker'' -- this usage occasionally appears on USENET, with disastrous and confusing results. [From FAQs of comp.security.misc
Someone who enjoys exploring the nuts and bolts of computer systems (both from the hardware and, more often the software side), stretching these systems to their limits and beyond, and programming for the sheer pleasure of it. Not to be confused with cracker.
Unauthorized person who tries to gain access to a computer, a server, or a network for fun or illegal purpose. Hacker also refers to a network security expert, a high profile profession in a security company.
Individuals who illegally break into other computer systems to damage and/or steal information.
A hacker is a person who uses a computer to break into other computer systems in order to steal, change or destroy information. To protect yourself from hackers you should install firewall software on your computer and keep it up-to-date. Popular Personal Firewall Software such as ZoneAlarm Internet Security Suite from Zone Labs, McAfee Internet Security Suite, or Norton Internet Security can help to protect your computer.
A bad player.
An expert programmer who likes to spend a lot of time figuring out the finer details of computer systems or networks, as opposed to those who learn only the minimum necessary. See also cracker.
Slang term for a technically sophisticated computer user who enjoys exploring computer systems and programs, sometimes to the point of obsession.
Someone who enters a computer system without authorization. Hackers are also referred to as crackers.
A computer enthusiast who pushes computer systems to his or her highest possible level of performance.
a person who views and uses computers as objects for exploration and exploitation.
A person who enjoys exploring the details of programmable systems and how to stretch their capabilities (from the "Jargon File" 4.2.0); Note: a person who breaks into computer systems is called a cracker not hacker
A person who enjoys exploring the details of programmable systems and stretching their technical capabilities. Hackers often break into others' computer systems illegally just for the challenge and "fun" of it.
One interested in operating systems, software, security, and the Internet generally.
A technically advanced computer user who uses his skill to break into other computer systems to damage or steal information.
A malicious meddler who tries to discover sensitive information by poking around someone else's computer or devices.
While this term originally referred to a clever or expert programmer, it is now ...
a custom configuration of agent and automata to accomplish a personal chore ( language= Yeibichai/slang)
A person who enjoys exploring the details of computers and how to stretch their capabilities. A malicious or inquisitive meddler who tries to discover information by poking around. A person who enjoys learning the details of programming systems and how to stretch their capabilities, as opposed to most users who prefer to learn on the minimum necessary.
Within the hacking community, hackers define themselves as computer enthusiasts. They may obtain unauthorized access to computer and network systems but do not have malevolent purposes. (See " cracker.")
A person who understand the "ins and outs" of computers, networks, and the Internet in general. The term generally refers to a person who has intent to access a computer system without authorisation.
Someone, usually knowledgeable about computers, who accesses electronic information without permission.
(modern usage) a person who attempts to misuse computer systems for personal gain or self-glory - (Old Usage) person who uses computers intensively in order to find out more about computers.
A person who breaks into systems for which he or she has no authorization. Hackers penetrate information systems to browse, steal, or modify data; deny access or service to others; or cause damage or harm in some other way.
Anyone purposely attempting unauthorized access to a computer system, without the organization’s permission. See also firewall
Persons who spend their time breaking into systems and networks in order to steal, change or delete data that does not belong to them.
A technically sophisticated computer user who enjoys exploring computer systems and programs. Activities can be benign or malicious.
Somebody that she amuse invading computers, term always applied to people that take advantage illegally of those explorations.
A technically sophisticated computer user who illegally breaks into a computer system to do damage, steal secrets, or get thrills.
Someone who intentionally and illegally enters into someone else's computer system from 'the outside'.
adept computer programmer, often self taught -- often referred to as a "white hat", but loosly used as a generic term for cracker.
A computer enthusiast who enjoys pushing the limits of computer hardware and software, their own knowledge. The original pioneers of the personal computer were hackers. However nowadays hackers represent the criminal side of the Internet.
Hackers are people who are considered very computer savvy. They are highly knowledgeable about computer technology and have the ability to stretch or break the boundaries of a given computer system, whether it is software or a network.
a very knowledgeable computer user who uses his or her knowledge to invade other people's computers.
Originally, this term referred to crackerjack programmers and computer experts and connoted respect. Though this meaning is still in use, this word is now also used (especially by the media) to refer to people who deliberately try to penetrate the security of other computers. The computer user community prefers to call these people crackers.
Computer jargon for a sophisticated computer user who spends a lot of time at a computer. Widely used to refer to people who illegally break into other computer systems to do damage, steal secrets, or enter simply because they can.
someone who plays golf poorly
a programmer who breaks into computer systems in order to steal or change or destroy information as a form of cyber-terrorism
a programmer for whom computing is its own reward; may enjoy the challenge of breaking into other computers but does no harm; "true hackers subscribe to a code of ethics and look down upon crackers"
a computer enthusiast, especially one who likes programming
a computer enthusiast who intensely enjoys the thrill and challenge of circumventing security
a generic term for a person who enjoys exploring and learning about computers and networks
a generic term for a person who likes getting into things
a gifted computer programmer who has the ability to throw together specialised computer programs in a short period of time, to suit his or her specific needs
a good guy Sir, Hacking is ethical, because you cannot build secure systems without knowing how to break into them
a good guy who is out to help you out by finding loopholes in a system and helping you fix it while a Cracker wants to find those loopholes in the system with the intent of causing harm to the system
a guru, a computer geek" who is highly proficient in computers and uses his or her knowledge to gain unauthorized access to computer data
a highly-skilled, highly-trained programmer who is capable of
a member of an underground subculture dedicated to breaking and entering computer systems
an ill-trained coding dilettante, an amateur - and someone to be avoided at all costs
an individual seeking access to computers where he is not granted access priviledges
an individual that attempts to take control over someone else's computer by using viruses, worms, and other types of Internet attacks
an individual who accesses another's computer system without authority
an individual who attempts to gain unauthorized access to computer systems for the purpose of stealing and corrupting data
an individual who can develop or modify software and hardware to obtain access into a network by illegal means
an intelligent person
an intruder who breaks into private computers in order to steal data or tamper with the computer system
a passionate expert (most often a computer expert)
a person intensely interested in how any operating system works
a person intensely interested in the arcane and recondite workings of any computer operating system
a person obsessed with computers
a person often thought of as a computer expert who can explore the details of programmable systems and stretch their limits
a person that enjoys this
a person who attempts to break into a computer
a person who attempts to gain unauthorized access to a server
a person who, because he or she has this love, also a deep curiosity about the subject in question
a person who can pick a Master Lock, or build a coffee maker into a PC tower
a person who creates and modifies computer software and comput
a person who creatively solves problems with technology
a person who does this
a person who finds new and inventive solutions to interesting problems
a person who gains control of your computer
a person who gains unauthorised access to a computer over a network
a person who gains unauthorized access to a computer network for profit, criminal mischief, or personal pleasure
a person who is intensely interested in how complex systems, in particular computer systems, work
a person who is knowledgeable enough about some computer system to be able to exploit that system in some way
a person who learns for the knowledge
a person who likes to tinker with computers and try and understand them and push them to the limit
a person who loves to program, who does it for art
a person who relies only upon technology to hack into the system (e
a person who scans the Internet for vulnerable computers and attempts to gain access
a person who seeks unauthorized access to a computer system or computer program
a person who uses the Internet to access computers without permission
a person who writes code
a person with an extensive knowledge of a computer
a person with an intense love of something, be it computers, writing, nature or sports
a person with great knowledge about computers and the constant desire to learn more
a problem solver
a programmer able to get into a system or gain unauthorized access by skillful strategy
a sad type of badly adjusted person with some specific computer knowledge, too much time on their hands and no morals
a tinkerer, not a bad guy
Computer fan for whom programming is close to playing. A typical hacker would find possible new uses for systems that the designers never thought of. Hackers made computing what it is today, much more than big companies: the "Best of Hackers" includes the PC, the Internet, the World Wide Web, and of course Linux. The word " hacker" is often incorrectly used to designate a computer criminal; the correct word for this meaning is " cracker".
a person who really enjoys to create something new with computers, a computer freak. In media hacker is often mistaken with cracker
A person with technical expertise who enjoys tinkering with computer systems to produce additional features. A hacker is also one who intentionally accesses all or part of a computer or a computer system without authorization to do so (a crime in some states).
Carders who are the high-tech whizzes of Internet credit card fraud. They steal confidential credit card information stored in supposedly secure databases of E-commerce companies (or other companies). They then use the stolen information to place fraudulent orders with honest, hard-working E-commerce merchants.
A computer enthusiast who learns everything they can about a computer system and pushes it to its highest level of performance. The term is also commonly used to refer to someone who uses their computer skills for malicious or criminal purposes. See cracker.
A common term for someone who accesses computer information without permission.
Hackers tend to be expert programmers who like to spend time figuring out the finer details of systems or computer networks—either for knowledge or for a challenge. Increasingly, the term "hacker" has become associated with those who do it for malicious reasons, to generate viruses and create other havoc on the Internet. Hackers, however, contend that the proper term for these individuals is "cracker."
One who fiddles with an existing system to see if it can be improved. Hacking is generally the fine art of [creating and] recursively revising software or a software-based system. Do not see also: Cracker
A person who deliberately breaks into computer systems for entertainment, gain, or spite. The most sophistocated hackers spend all of their time breaking into computers. The risk that these people pose is that they often steal or damage software systems and information.
A hacker is someone who tries to break into a computer or server over a network such as the internet. This is often done to retrieve sensitive information from the computer or to deface a website. Links: Google
This is a person who breaks into a site to view and/or alter sensitive information.
A person or group of people that access computers or networks without prior authorisation with malicious intent.
Person with specialised knowledge of the internal workings of a system, computer, or a network of computers. This term is usually used with a negative connotation- in this instance, it would be more correct to use the term cracker. See also: "cracker".
an individual who breaks into computers primarily for the challenge and status of obtaining access
Someone who accesses and, sometimes changes, information on other people's computers without their permission.
An individual whose primary aim in life is to penetrate the security defences of large, sophisticated, computer systems. A truly skilled hacker can penetrate a system right to the core, and withdraw again, without leaving a trace of the activity. Fortunately such individuals are relatively rare (although the numbers are growing).
Originally used to describe someone with a deep and thorough understanding of computers and considerable skills and ability to program them. Misuse in the media has lead to the term becoming synonymous with 'cracker', much to the dissatisfaction of the small genuine hacker community.
A person who manages to invade to privacy of other peoples' computers without their knowledge, normally via the Internet.
A person who enjoys working with computers, programs, systems, networks, etc. Hackers are often very proficient at retrieving lost files, improving a system's performance, and even gaining unauthorized entrance into secure systems (although most hackers don't use their skills for abusive or illegal purposes).
An individual who attempts to break into a computer without authorization.
a term sometimes used to describe a person who pursues knowledge of computer and security systems for its own sake; sometimes used to describe a person who breaks into computer systems for the purpose of stealing or destroying data
A computer user who attempts to gain unauthorised access to other users' computer systems.
Originally someone who was fascinated by computers and tried to program them as efficiently as possible or explore how they worked. Now normally used to refer to someone who is trying to break into a secure computer system for criminal purposes, such as someone trying to discover a way into a bank
Someone with an interest in computers who enjoys experimenting with them. The term has also come to mean a person with malicious intentions who gathers information on computer security flaws and breaks into computers without the system owner's permission, although the term cracker is more appropriate for an exclusively negative connotation. (See also Cracker).
The term hacker includes both those who tinker with computer programs with no malicious intent, such as computer programmers or security researchers, and those who break into protected networks and illegally modify software for nefarious reasons. To hack a file or a program is simply to deconstruct it or tweak its performance, and the term hacker has neutral connotations. A criminal hacker (also called a cracker) has malicious intentions, such as gaining remote access to your PC or stealing personal information from your computer.
someone who accesses a computer system without permission. (p. 138)
someone who strives to gain advanced technological understanding of a world or system. May be assumed to have "ulterior motives" or to desire to take advantage of unauthorized access.
Person who exploits weakness in software or systems. more.
A computer user who works to understand the "ins and outs" of computers, networks, and the Internet in general. Hackers are generally benign, and are not to be confused with crackers.
A very skilled computer enthusiast who breaks into computer networks to learn about the network and its programming language. One who breaks into a computer network.
A person or group that gains access to secured computer networks for pleasure or challenge, sometimes to steal information or to sabotage the system.
most often used to describe someone who illegally gains access -- or hacks in -- to a computer system to manipulate or destroy information
Someone who tries to infiltrate computer and network systems. Unlike a cracker, hackers are not destructive, but actually report security holes they find to the owner of the system.
A person who illegally breaks into or tampers with computer systems.
Any individual or group who access, or attempt to access computer systems which they are not authorised to access. Their intentions may be malicious or mere curiosity.
A person who gains access to computer systems illegally.
Person who attempts to gain unauthorised access to an agency's computing facilities and systems.
Among many freaks, and especially geeks, this term is generally used to mean â€œsomeone good with computers; a computer guru or wizardâ€, and has no connotation of illegality or electronic intrusion: â€œHeâ€™s a big-time Linux kernel hackerâ€ [i.e., he contributes software code and improvements to the Linux kernel]. The derogatory terms cracker and â€œscript kiddieâ€ are often reserved for people who break into computers and crash things. See also Eric Raymondâ€™s definition of hacker (from the Jargon File).
A person who breaks into, or hacks, an information system. Originally a term of respect among computer programmers, it now has a negative connotation.
A person who breaks into a computer network and tampers with the system without authorization.
A dedicated young computer nerd, frequently mischievous but fundamentally harmless, who spends entire nights clacking away at the keyboard with only a bag of chips for companionship. Ranks with gremlins and leprechauns on the Societal Menace Index, while the cyberpunk rates a place alongside investment bankers and Attila the Hun.
Slang term for a computer user who enjoys exploring computer systems and writing computer programs. Hackers have received a bad reputation since some hackers like to make a name for themselves by breaking into web sites, company computers, or developing viruses.
Originally, someone who illegally breaks into electronic systems such as telephone or computer networks. The first hackers figured out ways to make long-distance phone calls for free. As the term has become more generalized, it can describe any clever computer programmer who enjoys solving problems, especially by less conventional means -- as distinct from crackers, who use their skills more maliciously.
A person holds a great deal of knowledge and expertise in the field of computing, and who is capable of exercising this expertise with great finesse. This individual explores the details of computers, including security holes, and may exploit them. The hacker term has changed meaning over time. It was previously used to describe a dedicated programmer or devoted programming hobbyist.
Hacker is slang for a technically sophisticated computer user who enjoys exploring computer systems and programs, sometimes for the purpose of outwitting security measures and causing mischief.
A computer user who works to understand the "ins and outs" of computers, networks, and the Internet in general. Hackers are generally benign, and believe that information should be free.
the term has become synonymous with "cracker," a person who performs an illegal act Since it takes an experienced hacker to gain unauthorized entrance into a secure computer to extract information and/or perform some prank or mischief at the site.
Someone who attempts to gain unauthorised access to a computer system, often for fraudulent purposes.
Someone who breaks through computer security systems. A cracker is a criminal hacker.
Commonly refers to someone who breaks into computer systems, but within the IT industry, the term “hacker” is more broadly used to mean a clever programmer. See also Cracker.
Originally, a hacker was a term of respect, used among computer programmers, designers, and engineers. The hacker was one who created original and ingenious programs. Unfortunately, the current popular meaning of the term is used to describe those who break into systems, destroy data, steal copyrighted software, and perform other destructive or illegal acts with computers and networks.
A user with in-depth understanding of computers, networks, and the Internet. Often mistakenly seen as malicious, Hackers are known for technical wizardry in doing things on a computer system that most people would find difficult, unlikely, or impossible.
Common usage: Computer experts who, out of curiosity, or with criminal intent, break into computer systems and "look around". Sometimes they do damage, steal sensitive files, or hijack the mailserver to send out spam. They are more often referred to as "crackers", or "script kiddies". Servers have to be carefully configured to keep out hackers/crackers. Correct usage: A good programmer, often able to patch or modify existing code rather than replace it.
An individual who uses programming expertise to break into computer systems or networks either to expose security risks or just for the fun of it.
There are two competing definitions of "hacker" floating around. The first is the computer user who knows the technology backwards and forwards, who can see new ways around tough problems, and who creates amazing innovations. These hackers are like the teenage girl in Jurassic Park, who — just as the velociraptor is about to break into the room and have her and several other humans for dinner — sees a workstation and says, to the giggles of Unix programmers worldwide, "Hey, this is Unix! I know this!" She then quickly re-engages the bursting door's security system. (Could the fact that the whole place collapsed into chaos have anything to do with the fact that it was being run off a Unix box?) The other definition is the equally knowledgeable person who uses his expertise to break into elaborate systems for the pride and sheer anarchy of it.[See Also: Cracker
originally a dedicated programmer, now usually a malicious computer expert who breaks into other people's systems
a person who hacks, who manipulates a computer program skillfully to gain unauthorized access to another computer system
a person who modify the client or who use an illegal program to steal, change or modify information
Currently means a person who breaks through a firewall into a system and perhaps maliciously destroys or alters data.
A person who tries to hack into computer systems. A "cracker" hacks into a system and then alters the system or steals information from it.
A person who accesses computer files without authorisation, often destroying vast amounts of data.
Is one who attempts to gain unauthorized access to an IS's services, resources, or information or the attempt to compromise an IS's integrity, availability, or confidentiality, as applicable.
a general term used for anyone who spends time poking into computers and operating systems, trying to discover their vulnerabilities.
A person who deliberately logs on to other computers by somehow bypassing the security system. Some hackers do this to steal valuable information or to cause irreparable damage.
A user of a computer who attempts to understand the particulars of a computer. A hacker will look for ways around things while using a computer.
An expert programmer who uses his skills to break into computer systems or networks just for the fun of it, or to expose security risks. Unlike a cracker, a real hacker doesn't want to harm anybody or anything.
Somebody who deliberately Logs on to other computers by somehow bypassing the Log on security system - this is sometimes done to steal valuable information or to cause irreparable damage.
A computer user who illegally gains access to computers and/or programs, and most often with the intention of causing harm.
a hacker is a person who enjoys exploring computer networks sometimes for fun, and sometimes to cause damage.
1) A user who gains unauthorized access to an application, computer or network by defeating its password protection. In the 1980's, groups of teenage hackers gained national attention when they "hacked" several major corporate networks, causing unintentional but serious damage. Some people make a distinction between hackers, who generally penetrate systems for their own amusement, and "crackers," who engage in deliberate sabotage. 2) A complimentary moniker given to highly skilled computer programmers and "power users."
A programmer who enjoys accomplishing difficult tasks and learning more and more about networking and computer systems. The term is often misused for the term cracker, which is a programmer who "breaks" into networks.
A person who technologically has either a) the confidence of Superman and the competence or Daffy Duck or b) both the confidence and the competence of Superman but the common sense of Daffy Duck. Neither person should be allowed in the same room with a computer. Some hackers are roving innocents trying to do good (a); other hackers are malicious little devils bent on creating havoc (b). Both types of hackers cause computer geeks to go gray.
Contrary to popular belief, a hacker is a person who seeks to understand how computers, phones, or other systems work strictly for the satisfaction of having that knowledge. Hackers may commit questionable acts, such as breaking into networks, but generally do not cause any harm. A Malignant Hacker on the other hand is a person who will attempt to or will gain access an information system that they do not have authorization for. They will cause damage like deleting files, planting viruses, etc. A Malignant Hacker may also be someone who makes/uses cheats for games.
A good hacker tests programs, systems and networks to assist in security development. A bad hacker breeches network or system security to gain authorized access.
Anyone who tries to gain unauthorized access into remote computer systems. Though many individuals work simply for the challenge of cracking a difficult security system, many hackers tap into remote systems for malicious purposes such as theft of secure information, destruction of information, to disable a computer system, or to infect it with a computer virus (see "virus" entry).
Someone who enjoys exploring computer systems. It doesn't always mean an illegal hacker, as the Press seem to think.
A person that really enjoys computers and exploring computer systems and programs. Most hackers are not bad people, they just don't have a life. Hackers that engage in illegal activities with computer or illegally break into computer systems are called Crackers (Criminal Hackers). Table of Contents
A computer hacker who attempts to infiltrate a secure computer system in an effort to learn the system's weaknesses so that they can be repaired. This is called "ethical hacking." Simply, hacking means breaking into a computer system.
On the Net, unlike among the general public, this is not a bad person; it is simply somebody who enjoys stretching hardware and software to their limits, seeing just what they can get their computers to do. What many people call hackers, net.denizens refer to as crackers.
An individual who gains unauthorized access to an automated information system.
Unauthorized user who attempts to or gains access to an information system.
A person or persons who attempt to breach the security of a computer system.
Someone who seeks to understand computer, phone, or other systems strictly for the satisfaction of having that knowledge. Hackers wonder how things work and have an incredible curiosity. Hackers will sometimes do questionable legal things, such as breaking into systems, but they generally will not cause harm once they break in. Contrast a hacker to the term cracker or malicious hacker.
this is the name given to a person who tries to break into computer systems. It is a criminal activity usually for financial gain.
Someone who intentionally tries to access information or systems to which they are not intended to have access.
A person who gains unauthorised access to a computer system.
Someone who uses the Internet to access computers without permission.
Though the term has been associated primarily with people who endeavour to violate computer or software security in some manner, the primary definition refers to an individual who is exceptionally skilled as a computer programmer. The other common meaning for the word is someone who gains unauthorised entry into a computer system or software program for the sake of mischief or financial gain. In light of many of the malicious deeds and pranks being played of late, such as the malicious introduction of viruses via email, and the intentional crippling of large Websites such as Yahoo, the accepted use of the term is unfortunately becoming negative.
a person who uses their computer and internet knowledge to obtain unauthorised access to other people's or organisations' computer networks, systems and websites.
A term commonly applied to an individual that gains or attempts to gain unauthorized access to a computer system or computer files. The traditional use of the term applies to an elite programmer or hardware designer.
A skilled programmer who breaks into other computers or networks. Some hackers are harmless and just do it for a challenge, but others are just plain crooked - sometime known as 'crackers'.
When referring to computer security or using the term in a negative way a hacker is an individual who illegally breaks into other computer systems to damage and/or steal information.
The term refers to people skilled in computer programming, administration and security with legitimate goals. Through the media it is now popularly used to mean a cracker, that is, a someone who partakes in illegal or unethical activity.
Slang for someone who may have a degree in computer science, but who has gained most of his or her computer expertise though trial and error, learning to navigate in cyberspace in places not usually taught about in computer classes.
One who hacks. The term "hacker" describes anyone who writes computer programs, modifies computer hardware, or tinkers with computers or electronic devices for fun. Hackers will "hack" on a problem until they find a solution, always trying to make their equipment work in new, more efficient ways.
Someone who likes to break into computer systems.
1. A person who is almost obsessed with computer hardware and software. 2. Someone who invades computer files to tamper with data.
An Internet user who tries to gain control of other people’s computers or upload viruses to them. Firewall software can thwart most hackers.
is a slang term for a computer programmer. It has lately come to have the same meaning, to uninformed people, as cracker (see)
A highly proficient computer programmer who seeks to gain unauthorised access to systems without malicious intent.
A person or group of people that gain access to other peoples computer systems without prior authorisation/permission.
is a computer user that attempts to use security flaws in a network or computer system to gain unauthorised access. Not all hackers are malicious (many are just curious amateurs) but this is a risk that cannot be ignored.
No, no. Not a person with a really bad cough! Hackers are computer experts who work at a high level of expertise with computer systems and software. Hackers can be good or bad! Some hackers come up with good ideas this way and share their ideas with others to make computing more efficient. However, some hackers intentionally access personal information about other people with their expertise, and use it to commit computer crimes! They are often caught by "Cybercops" who patrol the Internet looking for "bad" hackers.
Someone who tries to gain unauthorised access to a private system.
Also known as a "Cracker", a Hacker is a person who breaks into a site through a computer's security.
Someone who “hacks” a network, gaining access without proper credentials. See cracker.
Someone who tries to use their own computer and keyboard to break through computer security of another user, business or organization. It is usually done for fun, mischievous purposes, or to test limits. If done with criminal intent, he/she becomes known as a cracker.
A person who uses the Internet to break into a computer or computer network without authorization, often causing damage.
A computer enthusiast who enjoys learning everything about a computer system and, through programming, will push the system to it's highest possible level of performance. These computer hobbyists are highly skilled programmers with a reputation of having a mischievous side and may enjoy breaking into secured computer systems.
A person who attempts to gain unauthorized access to computer systems.
Any individual who attempts to attack, steal, distort, destroy, publish or otherwise compromise data on a computer system or network.
Someone who illegitimately gains access to, and potentially tampers with, information in a computer system. Page top
(1) A term used by some to mean an individual who tries to break into computer systems or bypass security arrangements over the Internet. (2) A term used by some to mean "a clever programmer".
Person who uses computers to access ("hack") systems they are not supposed to have access to, eg other people's financial details, personnel files, military secrets etc. Hacking can get you arrested.
Hacker is in many computer subcultures it simply means "clever programmer", with no connotation of computer security skill.
Someone with expertise in computer systems and how to enter them in an unauthorized fashion. Hackers may be simply curious or malicious in intent.
someone who breaks into computers to read private e-mails and other files. Hackers delete or alter files.
A hacker is somebody who deliberately gains access to other computers by bypassing the security system. A hacker sometimes does this to steal valuable information or to cause irreparable damage.
A skillful computer programmer and user who has the ability to gain unauthorized access to data in a system. Usually used in a negative manner as one who breaches security, a hacker also can be a valuable agent to troubleshoot information system problems.
A slang term for a computer enthusiast. Among professional programmers, the term hacker implies an amateur or a programmer who lacks formal training. Depending on how it used, the term can be either complimentary or derogatory, although it is developing an increasingly derogatory connotation. The pejorative sense of hacker is becoming more prominent largely because the popular press has co-opted the term to refer to individuals who gain unauthorised access to computer systems for the purpose of stealing and corrupting data. Hackers, themselves, maintain that the proper term for such individuals is cracker.
Despite the socially accepted definition, a Hacker a person who enjoys learning how applications work and how to modify them. They are usually computer programmers. There is a minority of them though that attempts to gain access into secure websites for illegal purposes and also spend time attempting to defeat copyright protection for digital products. Those few, cast a negative prejudice on the true meaning of the word.
A computer enthusiast who uses his or her knowledge and means to gain unauthorized access to protected resources.
1. A person who enjoys computer programming and furthering his/her knowledge of computing. 2. Used to describe person who use computers for malicious intent. The correct term to describe this is cracker.
A person who tries to defeat computer security measures and break into websites and computers.
This is someone that seeks to understand computer systems strictly for the satisfaction of having that knowledge. Hackers will sometimes do questionable legal things, such as breaking into systems, but they generally will not cause harm once they break in. This is different to a cracker who is more malicious and will break or "crack" copy protection on software programs, break into systems and causing harm, change data, or steal.
A person who enjoys an intimate understanding of the internal workings of a system, computers and computer networks and can therefore interrogate them easily. The term is often misused in a critical context, where â€˜crackerâ€™ would be the correct term. See also: cracker.
Among programmers, a person who delights in having an intimate understanding of the internal workings of a computer system or network. The term is often misused in a pejorative context, where cracker would be the correct term. Hackers take joy in accomplishing difficult tasks ("hacking out" a working program, for example) and learning more and more about networking and computer systems. WWWebfx Home Page
a person who breaks through computer security systems.
"Hacker" is a term that often requires more qualification than is given, as hackers can act with intentions and outcomes ranging from beneficial to malicious. To hack a file or a program is simply to deconstruct it or tweak its performance. Therefore the term hacker has neutral connotations, encompassing those who tinker with computer programs with no malicious intent, such as computer programmers or security researchers, as well as criminal hackers (also called crackers) who seek to damage your system, gain from stored data, or control your PC remotely. Hacking taxonomy is associated by color-- black hat hackers are malicious, white hat hackers are benign, and gray hat hackers are characterized by varying motivations.
A person who gains unauthorised access to a computer, often with the intention of causing harm.
A slang term for a computer enthusiast, i.e., a person who enjoys learning programming languages and computer systems and can often be considered an expert on the subject(s). Among professional programmers, depending on how it used, the term can be either complimentary or derogatory, although it is developing an increasingly derogatory connotation. The derogatory sense of hacker is becoming more prominent largely because the popular press has co-opted the term to refer to individuals who gain unauthorised access to computer systems for the purpose of stealing and corrupting data. Hackers, themselves, maintain that the proper term for such individuals is cracker.
A person who maliciously breaks into networks, breaks the security on application software, or creates viruses. Hackers often use known security holes in operating systems to penetrate networks. They find security holes to exploit by pinging a network to find an open IP address and then probing to find an open port. Many corporate firewalls are probed thousands of times a day by hackers looking for a security hole.
Originally used to describe a computer enthusiast who pushed a system to its highest performance through clever programming.
1. A person who enjoys exploring the details of programmable systems and how to stretch their capabilities, as opposed to most users, who prefer to learn only the minimum necessary. 2. A person who enjoys programming, and/or is good at programming quickly.
An individual with vast experience with security protocols who attempts to illegally access secure servers in an attempt to download private information, damage systems, or act in some other way to "free information". Hackers are also known to create cracks for various software to permit free distribution without users having to pay for said software.
A term used to label people who cause malicious harm through using a computer.
Slang for a person who uses his or her computer skills to break into computer networks and or alter the code of a program or system.
A person that attacks computers, and other systems, possibly infecting them with viruses, or deleting files.
Hacker is a term used by some to mean "a clever programmer" and by others, especially journalists or their editors, to mean "someone who tries to break into computer systems."
someone with more sense than common sense, who figures out how to do things to a computer network that shouldn't be done… and goes ahead and does them.
An individual who gains unauthorised access to computer systems for the purpose of stealing and/or corrupting data. The term ethical hacker refers to those who legally work for organisations and corporations. See also: Virus Protection: Hackers Denial of Service Code of Conduct: Security Code of Conduct: Illegal Activity
Someone who â€˜breaksâ€™ into your computer (or into a network of computers) over the Internet.
Traditionally someone who enjoys programming and exploring computer systems, but now synonymous with cracker. Sometimes divided into ?black hat' and ?white hat' hackers, depending on their intentions (in early cowboy movies it was usual for the bad guys to wear black hats and the good guys white hats).
A person with technical expertise who experiments with computer systems to determine how to develop additional features. Hackers are occasionally requested by system administrators to try and “break into” systems via a network to test security.
someone who illegally accesses websites and databases using a computer.
A person who gains unauthorized entry into a computer system.
1. an expert programmer. Contrast hack. 2. someone who breeches a computer or security system via ingenuity. 3. Lizzie Borden.
A person who either breaks into systems for which they have no authorization or intentionally overstep their bounds on systems for which they do have legitimate access, i.e., an unauthorized individual who attempts to penetrate information systems; to browse, steal, or modify data; deny access or service to others; or cause damage or harm in some other way. An alternative definition provided by a hacker in a white hat . . .a programmer who is an expert in computer security and administration. Hackers have exellent problem solving skills, and use them to get into computer systems with ease. True 'hackers' do not damage the information they find, for the only reason that they 'hack' into systems is for the challenge and 'thrill' they get from it. After 'hacking' into systems, they usually either tell the administrator, or do the security fix themselves and leave. Hackers are not limited to computer security and software, though. Hackers can be also people who modify or 'mod' computer hardware.
Refers to someone who gains unauthorised access to a computer system. They are usually the ones who write computer viruses.
Someone who illegally accesses a secure computer network.
A computer whiz intrigued by the workings of programs and systems. Also refers to one who illegally gains entry to computers.
Broadly, someone who enjoys exploring, using and extending technology, particularly but not exclusively computer technology. This is to simplify the issue, however, and debate persists over what a hacker is and who qualifies for membership of the essentially meritocratic hacker community.
Common nickname for an unauthorized person who breaks into or attempts to break into a MIS by circumventing software security safeguards. Also, commonly called a "cracker." See also: Intruder, Hack.
A person who delights in having an intimate understanding of the internal workings of a system, computers and computer networks in particular. The term is often misused in a pejorative context, where "cracker" would be the correct term. See also: cracker. [Source: RFC1392
a smart alec who knows the internet inside out and use his or her knowledge to steal or mess up your files.
A computer enthusiast who uses the computer as a source of recreation. (Contrast with cracker.)
A person who delights in having an intimate understanding of theinternal workings of a system, computers and computer networks inparticular. The term is often misused in a pejorative context,where "cracker" would be the correct term. See also: cracker. HEAD or HEADER (of HTML document)
Slang term for a technically sophisticated computer user who spends a lot of time at a computer. He or she 'hacks' at the keyboard all the time... A computer enthusiast who enjoys learning everything about a computer system and, through clever programming, pushes the system to it's highest possible level of performance. Also known as crackers, these computer hobbyists are also skilled programmers with a mischievous bent who break into secured computer systems.
An Internet users who get unauthorised access into the computers of others. Reasons may be fun, spying or for theft. Major victims are financial and military institutions.
A person who tries and/or succeeds at defeating computer security measures.
The term "hacker" has several meanings depending upon the context. Generally it refers to someone who is adept at breaking into computer systems.
A hacker is often someone who creates and modifies computer software or computer hardware, including computer programming, administration, and security-related items. A hacker is also someone who modifies electronics, for example, ham radio transceivers, printers or even home sprinkler systems to get extra functionality or performance. The term usually bears strong connotations, but may be either favorable or denigrating depending on cultural context (see the hacker definition controversy).
Hacker is a card game (not a Trading card game) made by Steve Jackson Games. Published in 1992, the players impersonates hackers fighting for the control of computer networks. It is based primarily on interlocking access to different computer systems in the web.
Hacker in a security context refers to a type of computer hacker who is involved in computer security/insecurity, specializing in the discovery of exploits in systems (for exploitation or prevention), or in obtaining or preventing unauthorized access to systems through skills, tactics and detailed knowledge.
Hacker is a 1985 computer game by Activision. It was designed by Steve Cartwright, produced by Brad Fregger and was released for the Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Apple II, Atari XL/XE, Atari ST, Commodore 64, Macintosh, MS-DOS, MSX and ZX Spectrum. The game was released two years after the release of the film War Games, when computer hacking and computer security were in the limelight.