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What is a hacker? What hacking means?
The first thing I could think of is intrusion network/websites/forums or gain access to sensitive information.
"Hacking smartphone" may mean adding extra-options to smartphone or removing some limitations;
making the smartphone having some features which wasn't originally there!
Some said that hacker invented the internet and stuff like that...
anyway from what I could see hacking almost always has negative connotations.

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A hacker is someone who is inquisitive about how something works and likes to pull things apart to understand and innovate.

How a hacker uses that information is what results in negative (or positive) connotations.

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noun: hacker; plural noun: hackers
  1. 1.
    a person who uses computers to gain unauthorized access to data.
  2. 2.
    a person or thing that hacks or cuts roughly.

Googling define: hacker is easy enough.  Note that next is informal: an enthusiastic and skilful computer programmer or user.

Perhaps Wikipedia has more accurately captured a non-legal definition that fits better:


A computer hacker is any skilled computer expert that uses their technical knowledge to overcome a problem. While "hacker" can refer to any skilled computer programmer, the term has become associated in popular culture with a "security hacker", someone who, with their technical knowledge, uses bugs or exploits to break into computer systems.



General Definition

Reflecting the two types of hackers, there are two definitions of the word "hacker":

  1. an adherent of the technology and programming subculture; see hacker culture.
  2. someone who is able to subvert computer security. If doing so for malicious purposes, the person can also be called a cracker.[1]


For more and a lot more see:



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@LCF-AT: fleisch = meat
Which is funny!

@Viloresi: Never identified myself as being a hacker, also too many script kiddies/stupid peoples identifies as hackers.
I was a software cracker, now I am focused on reverse engineering.

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And there's the dilemma... In all actuality reverse engineering / software cracking is hacking. Although you are not using your skills for malicious purposes, per say, you are using computers to gain unauthorized access to / modify someone else's data. In fact some can argue that it is for malicious purposes as you are using or allowing others to use / gain access to someones program without the proper authorization. 

just my 2 cents.

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What does mean " to hack"? hmm good question...

In my opinion an hacker is a simply curious guy/girl who wants to know how things work under the hoods and how these same things could work better...

For this reason i consider A.Einstein a good hacker 😉 ( " i want to know the God's thoughts, the rest are details! ")

Btw, good lecture


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  • 2 weeks later...
On 2/16/2019 at 8:59 PM, Viloresi said:

you are a hacker 

Thanks for your appreciations! :-)

Some definitions I could agree on:


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