- The definition of a hacker is a very skilled computer programmer who is able to gain access into secure computer systems, or a low skilled golfer or tennis player.
- An example of a hacker is someone able to break into a banking computer system.
- An example of a hacker is someone who loves to play tennis but is not very good at hitting the ball correctly.
A skilled hacker can gain access to a secure computer system.
- a person who hacks (see hack)
- an unskilled golfer, tennis player, etc.
- an adept or highly skilled computer enthusiast or programmer
- a computer user who attempts to gain unauthorized access to files in various systems
- a. One who is proficient at using or programming a computer; a computer buff.b. One who uses programming skills to gain illegal access to a computer network or file.
- One who demonstrates poor or mediocre ability, especially in a sport: a weekend tennis hacker.
Origin of hackerPerhaps from hacker, amateurish or inept golfer or tennis player (possibly from hack1), or perhaps from hack, practical joke, clever scheme (from dialectal hack, to embarrass, confuse, play a trick on). Word History: Computer programmers started using the word hacker in the 1960s as a positive term for a person of skillful programming ability. The usage probably derives from hack meaning “to chop,” or from hacker, “an amateurish player, as at golf.” As time went on, hacker became less positive, however. Already in the 1960s, engineering students at such universities as Cal Tech used the related noun hack to mean “an ingenious prank.” Among the pranks that some computer programmers would engage in, of course, were break-ins into other computer systems. As such break-ins attracted national attention, the media seized upon the word hacker as the label for the perpetrators—a usage that many programmers object to because they know it used to be a term of praise.
- Something which hacks, a tool or device for hacking.
- Someone who hacks.
- Particularly, one who cuts with rough or heavy blows.
- Particularly, one who kicks wildly or roughly.
- Particularly, one who is consistent and focuses on accomplishing a task or several tasks.
- (computing) one who is expert at programming and solving problems with a computer
- (computing) one who uses a computer to gain unauthorized access to data.
- (computing) a computer security professional
- (US) one who is inexperienced or unskilled at a particular activity, especially a sport such as golf or tennis.
- (US) one who operates a taxicab
- There are significantly more meanings of the word within the United States than in other English speaking nations.
- The use of the word hacker to indicate a person who displays skill, particularly with computers, may be misunderstood as implying the narrow meaning of unauthorised intrusion into electronic systems (also known as a cracker or occasionally black hat). This serious misunderstanding in the field of computer expertise is perhaps particularly common outside the United States.
- Some computer enthusiasts object to the use of hacker for a person who breaks into computer systems, preferring cracker for this sense.
hack + -er
hacker - Computer Definition
- A computer enthusiast, or computerphile, who enjoys computer technology and programming to the point of examining the code of operating systems to figure out how they work. Note: I promise that I do not make this stuff up.
- Synonymous with cracker. A person who gains, or attempts to gain, unauthorized access to computers or computer networks and tamper with operating systems, application programs, and databases.
In the positive sense of the word, a hacker is an individual who enjoys learning computer system details and how to capitalize on his or her capabilities. This term is often incorrectly used for “cracker,” which refers to someone who engages in unethical or illegal computer exploits.
A person who writes programs in assembly language or in system-level languages, such as C. The term often refers to any programmer, but its true meaning is someone with a strong technical background who is "hacking away" at the bits and bytes. Hackers Have a Bad Name During the 1990s, the term "hacker" became synonymous with "cracker," which is a person who performs some form of computer sabotage. The association is understandable. In order to be an effective cracker, you had to be a good hacker, thus the terms got intertwined, and hacker won out as the "bad guy" in the popular press. However, sometimes, hackers are not worthy of the original meaning of the term. Today, a lot of malicious acts are performed by people with limited knowledge who gain unauthorized entrance into computers to steal data or perform mischief (see script kiddie). See cracker, hack, white hat hacker, samurai and Anonymous.
hacker - Investment & Finance Definition
Someone who illegally gains access to a computer system or Internet site. Hackers can damage computer systems or Internet sites and cause users to experience delays.