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Hacking is a skill whereby passwords can be overridden and weak spots in network firewalls can be breached if the hacker has the right set of talents and know how. Ever since the advent of the personal computer, electronic privacy has been a controversial issue. Hackers can bring down a system, causing financial ruin or even a threat to national security. The 1983 movie “War Games”, a fictional story about a teenage hacker who inadvertently sets a nuclear war in motion while trying to change grades in his school’s database, dramatically demonstrates the potential problems of computers talking to each other. Computer hacking has fascinated everyone from computer enthusiasts to casual PC users. If you have ever seen hacking portrayed in movies or on TV where a government system is shown to be infiltrated, neo hacker typer programs are used as hacking simulators both for demonstration and often also for computer security training purposes.

black hat hacker
black hat hacker
There are two main categories of hackers. The black hat hacker type uses his or her skill to invade privacy, embed viruses, change data or sometimes to disrupt network functionality just for the fun of it. The image of a black hat hacker type brings to mind a nefarious villain, sitting alone in a dark room wearing a shabby bathrobe surrounded by cigarette butts. The reality is that the clean-cut, well-dressed employee sitting in the cubicle next to you could be a black hat hacker. Black hat hackers are experts at covering their tracks. Some black hatters, however, can’t resist leaving their own personal signature of sorts on their hacks, leaving clues and “easter eggs” telling the victim that they were here. Black hat hackers have their own deep web communities hat span around the globe where they brag about their latest activities and share tips and tricks.
Shades of Hackers
Shades of Hackers
The black hat type hacker cannot usually be stopped by average anti-spyware programs. A determined hacker keeps up to date with the latest protection software and will soon find a “work around” and infiltrate their system of choice. The result is computer warfare with high stakes and even higher price tags of lost e-commerce revenue. Everything from data mining for identity theft to electronic spying is in play in the black hat hacker world.
The existence of black hat hackers has spawned the birth of a new hacker type-the white hat hacker. Both the black and white hat hacker share a similar skill set, but the white hat type hacker uses his or her skills to test systems for weaknesses as well as to often times investigate and apprehend black hat hackers in the act.
white hat hackers
white hat hackers
Some white hat hackers are “reformed” black hat variety hackers who either got caught and learned their lesson or they just decided to use their computer skills to create network synergy instead of chaos. The good news is that you don’t have to be a prior black hat hacker to have a career in white hat, or “ethical hacking”. Network security is one of the most in-demand career paths for computer professionals and white hat hackers are the computer savvy superheroes who protect data and design safer networks. As long as the black hat hacker type exists, there will be a great need for the white hat kind. Some of the newest certifications for computer professionals involve ethical hacking, as finding a network breach after it happens is often far too late. The white hat hackers have to be present on the inner web battlefield to keep the black hat hackers from taking over the whole wired world.

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