- Now: Anyone trying to get access to or disrupt any leg of the CIA Triad (Confidentiality, Integrity, Availability).
- Original use:
- Someone using something in a way not intended.
- White Hat hackers:
- Professional Pen Testers trying to find flaws so we can fix it (Ethical Hackers).
- Black Hat hackers:
- Malicious hackers, trying to find flaws to exploit them (Crackers – they crack the code).
- Gray/Grey Hat hackers:
- They are somewhere between the white and black hats, they go looking for vulnerable code, systems or products.
- They often just publicize the vulnerability (which can lead to black hats using it before a patch is developed).
- Gray hats sometimes also approach the company with the vulnerability and ask them to fix it and if nothing happens they publish.
- Script Kiddies:
- They have little or no coding knowledge, but many sophisticated hacking tools are available and easy to use.
- They pose a very real threat. They are just as dangerous as skilled hackers; they often have no clue what they are doing.
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