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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.

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Bug patched in March is still being exploited to take full control of servers.
Kane Gamble gambles and loses on hacking skills The British teenager who was sufficiently talented and stupid to hack the webmail of the head of the CIA was today given a two-year jail sentence.…

Should CISOs Be Hackers?

Justin Calmus, Chief Security Officer at OneLogin, believes that cybersecurity professionals - including CISOs and other security team leaders - can be much more effective at their jobs if they stay actively engaged with hacking communities that keep t...
I'm fsck-ed off it took this long, rages affected Reg reader Some of the 15 million Britons affected by the Equifax mega-hack are only now receiving letters notifying them that they were affected by the breach, eight months after the event.…
At RSA Conference, Senrio researchers will show how relatively unskilled attackers can steal personally identifiable information without coming into contact with endpoint security tools.
Researchers say a Nigerian hacking group is gleefully plundering maritime shipping businesses and their customers.
Researchers have identified a hacking group behind several widescale maritime shipping industry business email compromise (BEC) attacks since June.
Researcher Billy Rios, founder of WhiteScope, discusses medical device hacking at RSA Conference 2018 with Threatpost’s Tom Spring.
Hacking charge for twiddling URL – O Canada!? Comment  There's a curious legal situation developing in Nova Scotia, Canada, right now.…