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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.

A hacker from Florida was allegedly paid $100,000 to keep his mouth shut and delete stolen user data.
Mining outfit says its entire wallet gone, estimated $62m Cryptocurrency mining market NiceHash says it has fallen victim to a hacking attack that may have resulted in the loss of its entire Bitcoin wallet.…
Publicly traded company helps country spy on critics, no questions asked.
From making the Internet safer to promoting their security careers, bug bounty hunters have a broad range of motivators for hacking - most just like the challenge.
It's tempting to take revenge on hackers, but the downsides far outweigh any benefits.
Justice commissioner slams biz for 'irresponsible' behaviour The European Union’s group of data protection watchdogs has launched a taskforce into the Uber data breach that affected 57 million users worldwide.…
ICO still waiting for technical reports Uber has finally come up with a figure for the number of UK-based riders and drivers affected by its massive data breach: 2.7 million.…
Karim Baratov pleads guilty to ransacking web accounts for 'mystery' paymasters A Canadian hacker for hire has admitted ransacking webmail accounts for miscreants accused of orchestrating the Yahoo! megahack that hit all three billion Purple Palace use...
Three fellow co-defendants remain at large in Russia, unlikely to be extradited.
Illinois, Washington sue 'reckless' transit upstart Challenged on Monday by US senators to explain its failure to report that it had allowed hackers to grab records on 57 million customers and drivers and then paid hush money in an attempted year-long ...
Tech consultants waged six-year hacking campaign, American prosecutors claim Three Chinese nationals went on a six-year hacking spree against American targets, siphoning financial reports and tech blueprints, US prosecutors allege.…