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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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hacker

/ˈhakə/
noun
noun: hacker; plural noun: hackers
  1. 1.
    a person who uses computers to gain unauthorized access to data.
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  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:

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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.

 

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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:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hacker

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Security_hacker

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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

Levy_S-Hackers-Heroes-Computer-Revolution.pdf

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