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Cracker

A more insidious definition for hacker, a cracker is often used to refer to so-called blackhat hackers whose intent is not only to break in to a computer system, but also to hamper, steal, and destroy anything in their way, for their own personal gain. One example is a cracker who establishes a phony web portal used in a phishing scam, to steal credit card numbers and personal information for targeted social engineering attacks and identity theft.



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