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 Be alert to potential hackers or phishing scams, and don't click on email links or give out personal information. oregonlive, "Horoscope for May 17, 2020: Sagittarius, keep money safe in your wallet; Aquarius, make good use of your time," 17 May 2020 Uncertainty around the coronavirus pandemic has created opportunities for robocallers, hackers and other thieves. New York Times, "Global Markets Fall, Extending Wall Street’s Losses: Live Updates," 13 May 2020 Under this framework, a company usually has the cryptographic encryption key, which means the data isn't truly safe if a government or hacker gets their hands on the key. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "Apple Wanted the iPhone to Have End-to-End Encryption. Then the FBI Stepped In," 23 Jan. 2020 In May 2017, hackers and scammers were able to access the names, birthdays, credit card numbers and driver license numbers of Equifax’s customers for a total of 76 days, according to a House Oversight Committee report cited by the Los Angeles Times. Jason Duaine Hahn, PEOPLE.com, "Affected by the Equifax Data Scandal? You Can Now File a Claim for $125 or More," 25 July 2019 The spokesperson said the precaution is aimed at depriving hackers and other counterfeiters from having additional time to prepare for new denominations. al.com, "Trump didn’t delay release of Harriet Tubman $20, Obama-era officials say," 16 July 2019 Those logins are then compiled into lists that are sold to hackers. Elly Belle, refinery29.com, "Why Are Hackers Selling Thousands Of Zoom Accounts?," 14 Apr. 2020 DarkHotel, made up of elite hackers, has been on the cyberstalking and spying scene for more than a decade. Barnini Chakraborty, Fox News, "Hackers target Chinese government, WHO amid coronavirus pandemic," 8 Apr. 2020 Security researchers at Facebook found the first signs that Russians were seeking to influence the U.S. election months before the 2016 vote, discovering accounts apparently under control of foreign military hackers. Craig Timberg, Anchorage Daily News, "How conservatives learned to wield power inside Facebook," 20 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of hacker

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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22 May 2020

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“Hacker.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hacker. Accessed 4 Jun. 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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