Denotes an individual with outstanding programming skills. Although frequently used to denote criminal activity, the term itself is agnostic.
Hackers are frequently divided into 3 categories: Black Hat, White Hat, and Grey Hat.
- Black Hat hackers are computer programmers who use their skill for illicit activities, such as developing malware.
- White Hat hackers, on the other hand, are frequently hired by companies with the explicit purpose of testing their network defenses.
- Grey Hat hackers are a more elusive community usually associated with hacktivism, a hacking activity driven by political or social motivations. The prominent Anonymous group is often thought of as a community of Grey Hat hackers.