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What are Hackers?

Melissa Lopez, Reporter

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For many years the word “Hackers” had a bad connotation, people when they first hear this word the first thing that come to their mind is stealing information and people’s identity, not all hackers are bad. The term hackers is used to describe a person that has an immense knowledge, capacities and abilities to run and manage computer programs and software’s.  

Dutch spies reportedly broke into computers used by a Russian hacking group that interfered in the US Election. In an extraordinary counter-espionage operation agents in the Netherlands penetrated the systems of the Russian cyber unit known as Cozy Bear. Dutch operatives informed the CIA and helped remove Cozy Bear from US State Department computers they had hacked into in late 2014. Another case is Hackers can use white noise to break into virtual assistance such as: Alexa and Siri according by an article written in New York Post website or Hackers stealing bitcoins with only phone number according to the Forbes website.  

Not all hackers are bad; there are good Hackers that are called: White-hat Hackers. They use their skills to improve security by exposing vulnerabilities before malicious Hackers or Black-hat Hackers can detect and exploit them. Some of the most famous are Tim Berners-Lee, Steve Wozniak, Kevin Mitnick, Tsutomu Shimomura, Jeff Moss and Jon Lech Johansen just to name a few. 

 

 

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