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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.

The bounty, split between two researchers, is the largest single reward by any government bug bounty program to date.
Researchers warn hundreds of Lexmark printers are vulnerable to a trivial hack thanks to user “gross negligence.”
Melbourne researchers warn government: don't publish data down to the individual, ever Governments should not release anonymised data that refers to individuals, because re-identification is inevitable.…
A proposed new law could make it legal for companies to hack back against attacker.

But will it work?
Jha rule-breaker confesses IoT gadget hack crimes, now facing the slammer A former New Jersey college student has copped to helping create and run the massive Mirai DDoS botnet.…
A surge in Americans enrolling in health insurance plans is expected before the Friday deadline.
Meet Paras Jha, who was identified by KrebsOnSecurity back in January 2017.
Researchers say the cyberattackers have been able to steal potentially millions of dollars in the past two years alone.
Jumping the air gap Security researchers have demonstrated a new technique for hacking air-gapped industrial control system networks, and hope their work will encourage the development of more robust defences for SCADA-based systems.…
Previously undetected MoneyTaker gang is likely to strike again.
You might just have to wing it with that potpourri recipe There’s a chill going around cyberspace with an upsurge of people concerned that their Pinterest account has been hacked.…
Certificate pinning unpicked Security researchers from the University of Birmingham last week went public about security shortcomings in mobile banking apps that leave millions of users at a heightened risk of hacking.…