Types Of Hackers
|Types Of Hackers|
Script Kiddies, in a word are noobs. They are the people who use tools, scripts, methods and programs created by real hackers. They are the ones who don't know how a system works but are still able to exploit it with previously available tools, not by walking in the footsteps of actual Hackers but simply copying what they did and using it for malicious purposes. A script kiddie is that one annoying kid in class, who pisses off everyone else. Don't be that guy.
White Hat Hacker:
White Hat hackers or Penetration testers are the good guys who hack for security purposes. Although what they do is pretty much the same as bad guys, but a world of difference arises when it comes to ethics. The main aim of a Whitehat hacker is to improve the security of a system by finding security flaws and fixing it before the bad guys find and exploit it. They are usually officially employed by organizations and companies to protect their virtual assets from coming to harm. The may work also individually to make the cyber space more secure, kind of a voluntary worldwide community service. An example of this is the team behind the (in)famous Hacking Tool known as Metastasis who work tirelessly reporting new security flaws and their fixes in various software.
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Black Hat Hacker:
BlackHat hackers are our enemies. They are the bad guys, cyber criminals who have malicious intents. These are the hackers who steal money or valuable data, infect systems with viruses, Trojans and malware etc. These are the ones who gave the world of Hacking a bad reputation and it is up to us, the whitehats to bring them down. They use their hacking skills for illegal purposes with unethical goals and sometimes just to watch the world burn. If ever you are attracted to the Dark Side of Hacking, ask yourself this : "Is a night of glory really worth a lifetime behind bars? ". If a person can get over half a dozen years sentence for copying images (fact), sky's the limit when it comes to convicting cyber criminals.
These are the hackers who may work offensively or defensively, depending on the situation. They belong to the neutral zone. Hackers who don't have malicious intentions but still like to break into third-party system just for the thrill and fun or maybe just to announce a new owned vulnerability in a wild and supposedly heroic way. Nobody like a Show Off and the GreyHats do just that. Breaking into vital databases, say for example one containing Credit Card information is just as illegal as actually stealing them. So, even fooling around like this can land you in jail.
These are the hackers who use their hacking skills for protesting against injustice and attack a target system or websites to popularize a notion or gather attention to a specific case for rectification. They are vigilantes, The dark knights of the Hacking universe. This is where good intentions collide with the law, for Hacktivists may or may not carry out illegal activities to get their point across to the world. They include outlaws who deliver their own brand of rough justice, they are usually experts confident in their stealth skills so as not to get caught.