Black Hat Hacker Versus White Hat Hacker
Remember all the old-time cowboy movies? The hero always sported a white hat; the bad guy had a black hat. It is this cliché that has been carried over to describe the way hackers are usually seen: as “white hat hackers” or as “black hat hackers.” Both types of hackers play important roles in our day and age.
Black Hat Hackers: Your Money or Your Data!
Hackers seek to breach defenses and exploit weaknesses in a computer system or network. The reason they try to do this determines what we call them. If someone hacks for criminal profit, we call them a “black hat hacker.” A common crime this kind of crook commits is hacking computers to use them as a “zombie” for sending spam emails. Or, they infect a computer with ransomware and demand money to release the valuable data. Cybercrime is a real business today with professional help centers to call if you are infected by ransomware. Many computer hackers earn more than $100,000 a year.
White Hat Hackers: To Catch a Thief…
Criminal or black hat hackers should not be confused with ethical or white hat hackers. By simulating attacks on systems, ethical hackers help organizations identify weak spots and determine how they need to improve their security measures. Some black hat hackers turn their life around to become white hats.
US hacker Kevin Mitnick spent five years in prison for various computer crimes. He learned his lesson and decided to use his talents for something good. Now he is a respected IT security professional. To catch a thief, sometimes you have to think like a thief.
White Hat Hacker, You are Needed!
Ethical Hacking is increasingly required as a pre-emptive measure to ensure malicious hackers are not successful in their efforts to access your systems. By simulating such attacks, organizations can analyze or identify weak spots and determine how to improve their security measures. EXIN’s Ethical Hacking Certification Program offers IT professionals the background knowledge around different approaches including web-based hacking, system penetration, and network sniffing. This program lays the groundwork for a thorough understanding of ethical hacking and its applications.