3 Types of Hackers (which one are you?)

What is a hacker? According to google it is “a person who uses computers to gain unauthorized access to data.” But what are the different motives of hackers and how do we define the difference? Hackers are typically divided up into three subcategories. You’ve got White Hats, Black Hats and Grey hats.

White Hat: a hacker who hacks legally/ethically for profit or non-profit. Penetration testers, security consultants, computer forensics and incident response teams are just a few examples of the roles that white hats will often play within the public and private sectors. You can usually find them at big tech conventions like Black Hat or DefCon as well as various freelancing websites.

Black Hat: a criminal hacker who hacks illegally for fun, profit, revenge or a whole array of nefarious reasons. These hackers are usually found frequenting various underground forums and IRC channels.

Grey Hat: These hackers are typically harder to pin down. They may or may not be bound by an ethical or legal code but you won’t find them committing malicious crimes. Most hackers fall within black or white hat but there is definitely a spectrum as not all white hats are ethical and not all black hats are criminals.

With that being said guys, there are a whole lot of reasons why hackers start hacking and I couldn’t even hope to list all of them but understand that there is definitely a moral line and a legal line that you have to identify before you do anything you’ll regret.


4 thoughts on “3 Types of Hackers (which one are you?)

  1. Hello there! I know this is kinda off topic but I was wondering which blog platform are you
    using for this site? I’m getting tired of WordPress because I’ve had
    problems with hackers and I’m looking at options for another platform.

    I would be great if you could point me in the direction of a good platform.

    1. Hello, The reason wordpress has an issue with hackers is because it is the most common platform. However, If you install the right plugins and use good long passwords you’ll actually find that wordpress is very secure. I reccomend the Wordfence firewall plugin, akismet anti-spam and definitely get a 2-factor authentication plugin that way even if someone gets your password somehow, they can’t login. You could try out drupal, but I think that you’ll find that wordpress is much easier to secure. Best of luck to you and let me know if you’ve got any more questions.

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