hacker

noun
hack·er | \ˈha-kər \

Definition of hacker 

1 : one that hacks

2 : a person who is inexperienced or unskilled at a particular activity a tennis hacker

3 : an expert at programming and solving problems with a computer

4 : a person who illegally gains access to and sometimes tampers with information in a computer system

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Examples of hacker in a Sentence

My friends and I have been playing golf for years, but we're still just a bunch of hackers. the company's security experts spent days trying to figure out how a hacker could have gotten past the firewall

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The Associated Press reports that voting systems in 21 states were targeted by Russian hackers before the 2016 presidential election. Steve Bousquet, miamiherald, "Gov. Scott asked for cyber-sleuths to prevent election hacking. He didn’t get them. | Miami Herald," 21 Mar. 2018 Whether Stone had advanced knowledge of the publication of emails damaging to Hillary Clinton's campaign is relevant because of a string of possible connections: The intelligence community has determined the emails were obtained by Russian hackers. Jack Holmes, Esquire, "Did Roger Stone Collude?," 13 Mar. 2018 Debbie’s assemblage of her crack team has its sly amusements, especially when Cate Blanchett, as Debbie’s hypercynical best friend, and Rihanna, playing a master hacker, show up. Peter Rainer, The Christian Science Monitor, "'Ocean's 8' has some spark and dazzle," 8 June 2018 As part of that effort, Russian hackers targeted at least 21 states ahead of the election and are believed to have breached the voter registration system in at least one, Illinois. CBS News, "Top state election officials meet amid security concerns," 14 July 2018 As part of that effort, Russian hackers targeted at least 21 states ahead of the election and are believed to have breached the voter registration system in at least one, Illinois, investigators say. Geoff Mulvihill, BostonGlobe.com, "No signs Russia targeting elections like 2016, US official says," 14 July 2018 That’s what cybersecurity giant McAfee found during its investigation into underground and nefarious hacker marketplaces on the internet, commonly known as the Dark Web. Brooke Crothers, Fox News, "Access to airport security systems are being sold by hackers for as little as $10," 13 July 2018 Russian hackers made Twitter’s reluctance to police its own platform a matter of geopolitical significance. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Is Twitter Good Now?," 13 July 2018 Nevins is not named in this indictment, but the revelation that a candidate also communicated with Russian hackers indicates yet another point of contact in a conspiracy that went beyond Trump’s campaign. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Mueller’s New Indictment Points to Collusion With Russia," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of hacker

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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hacker

noun

English Language Learners Definition of hacker

computers : a person who secretly gets access to a computer system in order to get information, cause damage, etc. : a person who hacks into a computer system

: a person who plays a sport badly

hacker

noun
hack·er | \ˈha-kər \

Kids Definition of hacker

2 : an expert at programming and solving problems with a computer

3 : a person who illegally gains access to a computer system

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