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Eight Types of Hackers You Should Know About

Eight Types of Hackers You Should Know About

08 March 2023

You’ve heard the word “hacker” before, but what does it actually mean? In general, a hacker is someone who uses their skills to gain access to systems or data they are not authorized to. However, there are different types of hackers with different motivations. Some are looking to make a quick buck while others are in it for the challenge. It’s imperative that you have a certain bit of awareness about hackers as an end user or a business owner.



In this blog post, we will explore the different types of hackers and what they do. From black hat hackers to white hat hackers and everything in between, read on to learn more about the world of hacking.

Black Hat Hacker

A black hat hacker is someone who breaks into computer systems or networks with malicious intent. They may do this for personal gain, such as to steal sensitive information or money, or to wreak havoc on a system. Black hat hackers typically use sophisticated techniques and tools to exploit vulnerabilities in systems.

Despite the negative connotations of the term, black hat hacking can be used for good. For example, companies will sometimes hire ethical hackers (also known as white hat hackers) to test their security defenses by trying to break in. This helps them identify any weaknesses so they can be fixed before a real attack occurs.

White hat hacker

As mentioned above, a white hat hacker is someone who uses their hacking skills for good, often working as a security professional to help protect against black hat hackers. White hat hackers use their skills to find vulnerabilities in systems and then work to fix them before they can be exploited. They may also conduct penetration tests, which are authorized simulations of attacks on systems to test their security.

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Grey hat hacker

A grey hat hacker is a type of hacker who falls somewhere between a black hat and a white hat. They may act without malicious intent, but they are not above breaking the law to get what they want. One common example of a grey hat hacker is someone who reverse engineers software in order to find vulnerabilities that can be exploited. While they may not have any intention of actually using these vulnerabilities, their actions can still put people at risk.

Another example of a grey hat hacker is someone who sells exploits or malware on the black market. Again, they may not have any malicious intent, but their actions can still cause harm. Grey hat hackers often operate in a legal grey area, which can make it difficult to prosecute them when they are caught. This is one of the reasons why some people argue that grey hat hacking should not be encouraged or condoned.

Grey hat hackers could be anywhere – they could be right among you and sometimes they might not even be aware of the consequences of their actions. Learn more about internal and external security threats here.

Red hat hacker

A red hat hacker is a type of hacker who focuses on security breaches. They may find and exploit vulnerabilities in systems or networks to gain unauthorized access. A red hat hacker may also be involved in developing and implementing security measures to protect against attacks.




A hacktivist is a hacker who uses their skills to promote a political or social agenda. Hacktivism can take many forms, from launching cyberattacks against government websites to spreading information about an issue or campaign. Some hacktivists are motivated by a desire to see change in the world, while others may be seeking attention or notoriety.

There are a number of well-known hacking groups that engage in hacktivism, such as Anonymous and LulzSec. These groups have been responsible for some of the most high-profile cyber-attacks in recent years. While some view them as heroes, fighting for a cause, others see them as criminals, causing damage and disruption.

Whether you view hacktivism as positive or negative, there’s no doubt that it’s a powerful tool that can be used to effect change. With the continued growth of the internet and advances in technology, it’s likely we’ll see more hacktivism in the future.


Cryptohackers are a subtype of black hat hackers who specializes in breaking into cryptocurrency exchanges and wallets. They typically do this by using phishing techniques to trick people into giving them their login credentials, or by exploiting vulnerabilities in the exchanges’ software. Once they have access to an exchange or wallet, they can steal the funds stored there. Cryptohackers are often associated with organized crime, and their activities can have a devastating effect on the victims.

Binance, the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange, has lost about $500 million in a very recent cryptohacker attack. After spotting a vulnerability between two blockchains, the company momentarily blocked transactions and fund transfers, a manner of digital theft that has recently been utilized in at least one other large attack.




When it comes to hacking, there are a variety of different types of hackers out there. While some hackers may be motivated by a desire to do harm or steal sensitive information, others may be driven by a desire to expose wrongdoing or simply to test their skills.

One type of hacker that you may not be familiar with is the whistleblower. A whistleblower is someone who hacks in order to expose illegal or unethical behavior. In some cases, whistleblowers may work for an organization and hack into their own systems in order to reveal wrongdoing. In other cases, whistleblowers may target external organizations in order to bring attention to their practices.

Whistleblowers often work with the media in order to bring attention to their findings. In some cases, whistleblowers have even been able to bring about positive change within an organization or industry as a result of their actions.

If you’re thinking about becoming a whistleblower, it’s important to weigh the risks and benefits carefully. On one hand, you could face legal repercussions if you’re caught hacking into systems without authorization. On the other hand, you could make a difference and help bring about positive change if your allegations are proven true.

Script kiddies

“Script kiddies” is a term used to describe inexperienced hackers who use pre-existing tools and scripts to attack targets. These individuals typically lack the skills needed to create their own hacking tools, and instead rely on others’ work. While script kiddies can be dangerous, they are often less sophisticated and skilled than other types of hackers.



Final Word

Whatever their motivation, it’s clear that hackers are creative problem-solvers who have a deep understanding of computers and how they work. As a business owner, it’s important to understand the types of hackers out there so you can better protect yourself against them. With this knowledge, you can take steps to secure your data and keep your business running smoothly. 

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Raul has more than 15 years of telecom and network experience, he has worked in 9 different countries in Europe, West-Central Africa, Middle-East and South-East Asia, both in private and military sectors. He has extensive background in cellular networks, satellite communications and data centers but in recent years he’s been specifically concentrating on network security.

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