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Different Types of Hackers

Hackers can be divided into three groups: white hats, black hats, and grey hats. Ethical hackers usually fall into the white-hat category, but sometimes they’re former grey hats who have become security professionals and who use their skills in an ethical manner.
White hats 
White Hats are the good guys, the ethical hackers who use their hacking skills for defensive purposes. White-hat hackers are usually security professionals with knowledge of hacking and the hacker toolset and who use this knowledge to locate weaknesses and imple- ment countermeasures.

Black hats
Black hats are the bad guys: the malicious hackers or crackers who use their skills for illegal or malicious purposes. They break into or otherwise violate the system integrity of remote machines, with malicious intent. Having gained unauthorized access, black-hat hackers destroy vital data, deny legitimate users service, and basically cause problems for their targets. Black-hat hackers and crackers can easily be differentiated from white-hat hackers because their actions are malicious.
Grey hats 
Grey hats are hackers who may work offensively or defensively, depending on the sit- uation. This is the dividing line between hacker and cracker. Both are powerful forces on the Inter- net, and both will remain permanently. And some individuals qualify for both categories. The existence of such individuals further clouds the division between these two groups of people.
In addition to these groups, there are self-proclaimed ethical hackers, who are interested in hacker tools mostly from a curiosity standpoint. They may want to highlight security prob- lems in a system or educate victims so they secure their systems properly. These hackers are doing their “victims” a favor. For instance, if a weakness is discovered in a service offered by an investment bank, the hacker is doing the bank a favor by giving the bank a chance to rectify the vulnerability.

FIDA HUSSAIN

I am Fida Hussain,a computer student from Pakistan. Right from the day one I was introduced to computers,I had a passion for Hacking and Information security. So,I started this blog in 2012 to share my views and ideas with the world.

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