Today I will explain the difference between hacker and cracker. There are lots of articles on internet about the difference between hackers and crackers. In those articles, authors or publishers often try to correct the public misconceptions. For many years, media has erroneously associated the hacker word with a cracker. The general public now believes hacker is someone who breaks into computer systems, hacking passwords and websites and misusing information. This conception is absolutely untrue and demoralizes some of our most talented hackers.
You can see for yourself the scope of the misconception: the world’s most popular authentic source, WIKIPEDIA, has defined hackers in a incorrect way.
There is a very thin line separating hackers and crackers. Just like a coin has two sides, heads and tails, so do computer experts. Some use their techniques and expertise to help the others and secure the systems or networks; some misuse their skills for their own selfish reasons.
There are several traditional ways to determine the difference between hackers and crackers. I will discuss these ways in order of their acceptance in the computer and IT market. First, let’s review the definitions of “hacker” and “cracker.”
These definitions are as follows:
Hackers: A Hacker is a person who is extremely interested in exploring the things and recondite workings of any computer system or networking system. Most often, hackers are expert programmers. These are also called Ethical Hackers or white hat hackers. The technique they use is called ethical hacking.