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Have you ever heard of an ethical hacker? Then you might have wondered about ethical hacking and what it is. An ethical hacker, in short, is someone who hacks websites and finds flaws in the digital security of businesses to help them to improve their online barrier. Ethical hacking is a job nowadays, and some companies even have job openings for this profession. Do you want to know more about ethical hacking? You can read it in the text below.

White hats

In the digital world, they tend to categorize hackers. A white hat hacker is someone who can also be named an ethical hacker. A grey hat is thought not to be malicious, but not always ethical. Black hat hackers are malicious are of course the ones you should stay away from at all times. Last but not least, there are blue and red hat hackers. Blue hats can bug test a firm, while red hat hackers are hired by the government to spot vulnerabilities in systems.

Although these categories are very clear to some, in some branches people tend to switch them. Always be careful with categorizing a hacker. In short, a white hat hacker and ethical hacker gets paid to find weaknesses in security systems to secure and improve an organization. They report their findings and get paid for the work they have done.

Famous for hacking

An example of a famous ethical hacker is Kevin Mitnick. He can be seen as an authority on hacking and security awareness and also gives trainings nowadays. Although he started hacking for fun and has had jail time for his actions, he now uses his knowledge for good purposes. The tactics that he used for hacking are also referred to as social engineering.

There are also examples of ethical hackers that have claimed to be ethical, but have a bit more of a debatable history, suck as Ian Murphy. He claimed to be the first hacker that was convicted of a crime, but used to scam people by sending threatening letters.

Kristoffer von Hassel is thought to be one of the youngest hackers in the history of hacking. At the age of five he experimented with his Xbox system and exposed security lapses.

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Kossi Adzo is the editor and author of He is software engineer. Innovation, Businesses and companies are his passion. He filled several patents in IT & Communication technologies. He manages the technical operations at

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