black hat

noun
Updated on: 14 Jan 2018

Definition of black hat

: a hacker who infiltrates a computer system for malicious purposes (as to disable a website or uncover secret information)
  • In one segment … Assange reflects on his work as a black hat hacker in the early 1990s, recalling wistfully how he and others hacked into the Pentagon's Security Coordination Center.
  • —Kim Zetter
— compare white hat

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First Known Use of black hat

1990


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