1. A term that first started being used in the 1960s and was used to describe a programmer or someone who hacked out computer code, later the term evolved to an individual who had an advanced understanding of computers, networking, programming, or hardware, but did not have any malicious intents.
Today, a malicious hacker is usually referred to as a black hat or criminal hacker, which describes any individual who illegally breaks into computer systems to damage or steal information. Some people who consider themselves leet may refer to themselves as a leet haxors or h4x0rs. However, often these users are nothing more than script kiddies.
Although the media and most people think of hackers as malicious or evil, the majority of hackers are people who are curious about how computer, networks, or programs work and are often exploring and learning.
- How do I become a hacker?
- How can I hack someone or something?
- How can I protect myself while online?
- Listing of computer hackers.
- Computer Hope stance on hackers and related topics.
Also see: Black hat, Cheat, Computer crime, Cracker, Ethical hacking, Game definitions, Hack, Hacker Manifesto, Honey pot, Intruder, Phishing, Phreak, Predator, Script kiddies, Security definitions, White hat