Defining hacker !

Hacker has two meanings:
✓ Traditionally, hackers like to tinker with software or electronic systems.
Hackers enjoy exploring and learning how computer systems operate.
They love discovering new ways to work — both mechanically and electronically.
✓ In recent years, hacker has taken on a new meaning — someone who
maliciously breaks into systems for personal gain. Technically, these
criminals are crackers (criminal hackers). Crackers break into, or crack,
systems with malicious intent. They are out for personal gain: fame,
profit, and even revenge. They modify, delete, and steal critical information, often making other people miserable.
The good-guy (white hat) hackers don’t like being in the same category as the
bad-guy (black hat) hackers. (In case you’re curious, the white hat and black
hat terms come from old Western TV shows in which the good guys wore
white cowboy hats and the bad guys wore black cowboy hats.) Gray hat hackers are a little bit of both. Whatever the case, most people have a negative
connotation for the word hacker.
Many malicious hackers claim that they don’t cause damage but instead help
others. Yeah, right. Malicious hackers are electronic thieves and deserve the
consequences of their actions.
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