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In computer security, a hacker is someone who focuses on security mechanisms of computer and network systems. While including those who endeavor to strengthen such mechanisms, it is more often used by the mass media and popular culture to refer to those who seek access despite these security measures. That is, the media portrays the ‘hacker’ as a villain. Nevertheless, parts of the subculture see their aim in correcting security problems and use the word in a positive sense. White hat is the name given to ethical computer hackers, who utilize hacking in a helpful way. White hats are becoming a necessary part of the information security field. They operate under a code, which acknowledges that breaking into other people’s computers is bad, but that discovering and exploiting security mechanisms and breaking into computers is still an interesting activity that can be done ethically and legally. Accordingly, the term bears strong connotations that are favorable or pejorative, depending on the context.

Hacking group RTM able to divert bulk financial transfers with malware

Attacks of great concern to Russian financial institutions Cybercrime group RTM is deploying complex malware based in the Delphi programming language to target Remote...

FBI Pursues Three Probes Into Russian Hacking Of US Elections

Sources say the bureau's offices in Pittsburgh, San Francisco, and Washington are investigating the alleged hack.

Two More Sentenced In $1.3 Million Spam Email Scheme

Tomasz Chmielarz and Devin McArthur get two years of probation for involvement in a hacking scheme affecting 60M people.

Is your child a hacker? Liverpudlian parents get warning signs checklist

Do they use 'the language of hacking', including referring to themselves as a 'hacker'? Hot on the heels of Liverpool being awarded the European...

Connected car in the second-hand lot? Don’t buy it if you’re...

The first owner might still have access.And the second.And so on Cars are smart enough to remember an owner, but not smart enough to...

“Nothing is impossible”: Trump donation server defaced

Enlarge / Oops. Someone calling themselves "Pro_Mast3r" managed to deface a server associated with President Donald Trump's presidential campaign fundraising on Sunday,...

Paper factory fired its sysadmin. He returned via VPN and caused...

34-month sentence and he has to pay his old bosses back A sacked system administrator has been jailed after hacking the control systems of...

Your desktop 3D printer is really an IoT device in disguise

There is a double-edged sword to having internet-enabled 3D printers. Like other IoT devices, they may open potential back doors for hacking and breaches.

Man Jailed For Hacking Ex-Employer’s Operations

Louisiana resident Brian Johnson was sentenced to 34 months in prison and ordered to pay more than $1.1 million in damages.