Hacker meaning

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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.

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One who demonstrates poor or mediocre ability, especially in a sport.

A weekend tennis hacker.

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A person who hacks (see hack)
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An unskilled golfer, tennis player, etc.
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A computer user who attempts to gain unauthorized access to files in various systems.
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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 NameDuring 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 (see hack).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).It's Also Not HollywoodMovies make it seem that a person can sit down at a computer and hack into some highly secured network in a matter of seconds. That is simply not true. In many cases, software is executed that searches for vulnerabilities. In addition, groups of people often work together to achieve results over time. See cracker, white hat hacker, samurai and Anonymous.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Something which hacks, a tool or device for hacking.
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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.
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(computing) One who is expert at programming and solving problems with a computer.
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(computing) One who uses a computer to gain unauthorized access to data.
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(computing) A computer security professional.
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(US) One who is inexperienced or unskilled at a particular activity, especially a sport such as golf or tennis.
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(US) One who operates a taxicab.
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An adept or highly skilled computer enthusiast or programmer.
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Origin of hacker

  • Perhaps from hacker amateurish or inept golfer or tennis player (possibly from hack) or perhaps from hack practical joke, clever scheme (from dialectal hack to embarrass, confuse, play a trick on)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • hack + -er

    From Wiktionary