A broad term for a person who uses programming skills and technical knowledge to create and modify computer software and hardware by finding weaknesses and exploiting them, including computer programming, administration, and security-related items. Hackers can be motivated by a number of reasons both positive and negative, such as profit, protest, or challenge. Criminal hackers create malware in order to commit crimes.
In the early days of computing, hacker was a term used to describe a programmer who had a curiosity and appreciation of programs and systems and how they worked. Over time, however, the term gained a negative connotation and began to refer to someone who uses the knowledge to break into other people's systems to steal information and cause havoc. We also call programmers who use their skills for harm "crackers."
A hacker is someone who has the technical know-how to intentionally breach or "hack" into a computer system to steal confidential information or to cause damage to a computer or whole network. Hackers are often looking to find financial or personal information in order to steal money or identities. They are not nice people.
An unauthorized user who attempts to or gains access to an information system.
An individual who attempts to break into a computer without authorization.
An individual who gains unauthorized access to an Automated Information System (AIS).
Unauthorized user who attempts to or gains access to an Information System.
-- Also, a person who creates and modifies computer software and hardware, including computer programming, administration, and security-related items. This can be done for either negative or positive reasons. Criminal hackers create malware in order to commit crimes.