hacker

noun
hack·​er | \ ˈha-kər How to pronounce hacker (audio) \

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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Synonyms for hacker

Synonyms

cracker, cyberpunk

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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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According to today’s statement, the hackers stole access tokens for 30 million accounts (revised down from an initial estimate of 50 million), allowing them to gain complete access to the profiles. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Facebook keeps asking for our trust even as it loses control of our data," 13 Oct. 2018 The indictment did not name the state that was involved, but past reports have said hackers stole data from the voter registration system in Illinois in 2016. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Russians attempted to break into Wisconsin voter registration system, but state not mentioned in indictment," 13 July 2018 Coinrail said hackers stole cryptocurrencies over the weekend including Pundi X, Aston and NPER. Youkyung Lee, The Seattle Times, "Bitcoin at 2-month low after South Korean exchange hacked," 10 June 2018 Consider what could happen if hackers stole genetic data from the All of Us database or a consumer genealogy site. Mason Marks, STAT, "DNA donors must demand stronger protection for genetic privacy," 30 May 2018 In that case, hackers stole the data of 57 million Uber users. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "Why you should keep your car keys in a metal coffee can," 30 May 2018 Talos said the malware can allow hackers to steal website credentials as well as render a router unusable, cutting off access to the Internet. Brett Molina, USA TODAY, "Researchers warn 500,000 consumer routers infected with malware," 24 May 2018 The September disclosure that hackers stole sensitive data from the credit-reporting firm drew outrage from lawmakers, banking clients, and regulators and forced the departures of several senior managers, including chief executive Richard Smith. BostonGlobe.com, "Sales of GE power turbines slump," 3 May 2018 In the incident, which Bloomberg News reported last November, hackers stole the personal data of customers and drivers and the company paid them $100,000 to delete it and keep the breach quiet. Bloomberg.com, "Uber Sets Lobbying Record After Leadership Changes," 20 Apr. 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
US, informal : a person who plays a sport badly

hacker

noun
hack·​er | \ ˈha-kər How to pronounce hacker (audio) \

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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