Hacker Types 101: Black Hat vs. White Hat vs. Grey Hat Hackers

Black Hat Hackers

The term “black hat hackers” stems from old Hollywood western movies where the bad guy would be wearing a black hat and clothing. If only all villains decided to be inconspicuous, life would be much easier.

White Hat Hackers

If black hat hackers are the villains, then white hat hackers are the good guys. Also coined from those same old Hollywood movies, the good guys always wore a white hat which distinguished them from their archnemesis.

Gray Hat Hackers

A grey hat hacker is a mix of white and black hat hackers who conduct security checks without the decision makers’ knowledge. It’s sometimes like proving a point to those in power, so they might not understand what risks they are open to at the moment.



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