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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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
Recent Examples on the Web The same strain of malware was discovered in a phishing campaign in July targeting Tibetan dissidents, which the TA413 hacker group is best known for targeting, Proofpoint said. Natalia Drozdiak, Bloomberg.com, "Chinese Hackers Targeted European Officials in Phishing Campaign," 1 Sep. 2020 In April, an online meeting of the Indiana Election Committee was interrupted by a hacker who shared pornography. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "Hackers target Columbine High School Zoom call with threats of shooting 'remake'," 20 Aug. 2020 To stay on top of the latest hacker threats, get my breaking tech news alerts. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, "10 cybersecurity myths you need to stop believing," 20 Aug. 2020 Instead of a code that can be stolen in real time by a hacker, those USB dongles must be plugged into the USB port of any new machine when a user wants to gain access to their accounts. Andy Greenberg, Wired, "The Attack That Broke Twitter Is Hitting Dozens of Companies," 18 Aug. 2020 At this month’s Black Hat hacker conference, voting tech company Election Systems & Software announced new policies that will allow cybersecurity researchers to test the company’s technology. Rachel Glickhouse, ProPublica, "Electionland 2020: USPS Chaos, Election Cybersecurity, August Voting and More," 14 Aug. 2020 The alleged Twitter hacker’s hearing was zoombombed by…other hackers, of course. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "Instagram Reels is a real threat to TikTok," 6 Aug. 2020 Before his search gets going, Van is targeted by master hacker Bilal Nath, who demands Van steal an item from a Seattle biotechnology company. Oline H. Cogdill, sun-sentinel.com, "Book review: ‘A Dangerous Breed’ careens toward an inevitable sequel," 4 Aug. 2020 The hacker got information including credit scores and balances plus the Social Security numbers of about 140,000 customers. CBS News, "Capital One data breach hits more than 100 million people applying for credit," 30 July 2019

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First Known Use of hacker

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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11 Sep 2020

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“Hacker.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hacker. Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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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


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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