Black Hat

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See also: Hacker | White Hat

A type of hacker referring to someone who looks for ways to bypass computer security. Depending on what actions a hacker does with this ability they are sometimes then as Black Hat or White Hat.

A white hat hacker who finds a secuirty hole would typically report it to the creator of the software to give them a chance to fix it. A black hat hacker who finds a security hole would typically use it to seize control of computer systems, add malicious code, etc.