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Security Glossary of Terms


Hacker is a term used to describe a person very interested in or skilled with computers. The term cracker is also used, and is meant to indicate a person with malicious intent, or black hat. Whereas a white hat hacker has a set of ethical morals they stick to when accessing computer systems or sensitive data, a blackhat has no such morals and is out to destroy that system, reputation of the owner of the system, and/or obtain the data for themselves for profit or with the intent to harm others. A gray hat hacker also exists, adhering to the ethics of both types of hackers.

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