What Are Hackers and How Can You Become One?

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Introduction:

Hey everybody – This article is all about Hackers: who they are and to become one. Let’s start from the beginning. Hacker is a term that began to be used in 1960. Hackers were people who hacked computer code. Later, hackers came to be known as individuals who had advanced knowledge on computers, networks etc.

According to Wikipedia, “a hacker is someone who seeks and exploits weaknesses in a computer system or computer network. Hackers may be motivated by a multitude of reasons, such as profit, protest, challenge, enjoyment, or to evaluate those weaknesses to assist in removing them.”

In gaming, hackers are the ones who cheat.

Fundamentally, there are three types of Hacker “Hats,” which we’ll discuss later:

1. Black Hat

2. White Hat

3. Grey Hat

 

Everyone Has Their Own Opinion and Here’s Mine:

When I first got interested in the great world of computers and networks, I too, thought that Hackers took advantage of a weakness and steal sensitive information. But, as I began to learn and grew and my knowledge increased, I realized Hackers are problem solvers and are completely different from the average person. They’re super curious, they don’t really care about their social life or money or anything, they have a different perspective of the world and seem more positive than the average person. They think out of the box. They really have the ability to change the world  – it’s just that they don’t care what’s happening if they have their computer with internet, they’re happy. Unless someone challenges them to do something, like Anonymous, they’re harmless. If they take on the challenge, wait and watch what happens.

You might be thinking: “What do you mean by problem solving?” I mean if they have a 5-hour task, they’d likely automate their task, sit back and enjoy their cup of coffee. That’s real hacking in my opinion.

Not everyone likes to “get into a computer” Does this mean they can’t be Hackers?

I’m sure you have asked yourself this question, “How can I call myself a Hacker if I never hacked anything?” You can hack your work by creating some scripts or anything. In my early days, when I was sending resume for a job, I searched the website for the email address and sent my resume to that email. It was very time consuming, so I wrote a script that scrapped the email from the website and and sent my resume to that email. That is hacking, in my opinion.

 

How Can One Become A Hacker:

Well, you must have problem solving skills. Learn about computers and how they operate. Learn about networks and learn a programming language. But, the main point is that you use the right solution at the right time.

It’s Time for the hats 🙂

1. Black Hat:

Black Hat Hackers or Crackers are simply terrorists who steal sensitive information from a server, or the Hacker shares the information publicly, or sells the data. They discover or create loopholes or vulnerabilities in software, etc. They’re considered the bad guys

2. White Hat:

Where there are bad guys, there are also good guys to help the people hide their precious information. A White Hat Hacker is as skilled as a Black Hat, but they use their skills for good. They find vulnerabilities or loopholes and immediately report them to the admin.

3. Grey Hat:

Grey Hat Hackers are the combination of both Black Hat Hackers and White Hat Hackers. They sell the information of loopholes or vulnerabilities – not to the terrorists, but to the government. The governments then use those loopholes or vulns to hack into the systems of adversaries or criminal suspects.

 

Conclusion:

Everything in this article is my opinion. You should have your own opinion. I just wanted to let people know that a Hacker is not just exploiting computers, but they are also problems solvers.

I hope you all enjoyed this article 🙂

-Nayani

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84 Comments
  1. Is the Title right for this article, What Are Hackers and How Can You Become One? you have not even said one point how to become a hacker.

  2. Hi. This strikes me as an article from a kid 16 years old and also meant
    For the same age group.

  3. This is an eye opener to me and i understood the content of this article

  4. I haven’t finished, but I thought it was strange this article is adding a personality type to “what a hacker is”

  5. Black hat hackers are not terrorist
    They just need money/power/secrets.

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