Definition of ethical hacker in English:

ethical hacker


  • A person who hacks into a computer network in order to test or evaluate its security, rather than with malicious or criminal intent.

    ‘ethical hackers are becoming a mainstay of the effort to make corporate networks more secure’
    • ‘In addition to hiring ethical hackers requested by the DHS, the Pentagon plans to increase the number of cyber experts it can train each year from 80 to 250 by 2011.’
    • ‘Ethical hackers - also known as "white hats" - focus on understanding the methods used by criminals, and test computer systems for weaknesses that could leave them open to attack.’
    • ‘They may give these staff another name, but they are ethical hackers.’
    • ‘A lot of the ethical hackers have pointed us to more negative testing.’
    • ‘"There is nothing fool-proof here," adds the ethical hacker.’
    • ‘Ethical hackers and security consultants tell us weak or default passwords are a major security risk.’
    • ‘After the case he became an ethical hacker and security consultant.’
    • ‘Unlike the hackers who attempt to break into corporate networks for sport and spying purposes, so-called ethical hackers typically hire themselves out to perform "vulnerability assessments" for clients.’
    • ‘The course provides the information a "security testing professional must know to be a practical, resourceful ethical hacker and penetration tester," he adds.’
    • ‘A Houston ethical hacker accused of breaking into the wireless network of a Texan court has been acquitted of all charges.’
    • ‘In February this year Adam, an "ethical hacker", told the BlackHat conference that "anyone with a [satellite] dish can see data being broadcast" and that "things you would expect to be secure turn out not to be secure."’
    • ‘Besides, it has asked banks to check the security of their Internet banking systems, using the services of 'ethical hackers'.’
    • ‘The expert, who works as an "ethical hacker" testing websites, broke into password-protected Microsoft Word and Excel documents in just five seconds.’
    • ‘Computer-security services, including vulnerability assessments by ethical hackers and other services, was a $1.8-billion (U.S.) worldwide market last year.’
    • ‘The goal of the ethical hacker is to help the organization take preemptive measures against malicious attacks by attacking the system himself; all the while staying within legal limits.’
    • ‘'Ethical hackers' are being paid thousands of dollars to provide clients with clear evidence of how vulnerable their networks are to attacks that could compromise their most sensitive information.’
    • ‘Moore's personal background is similar to that of many ethical hackers.’
    • ‘According to recent reports, $250 worth of electronic equipment allowed Chris, an "ethical hacker," to scan and copy the information stored on radio-frequency identification (RFID) chips embedded in new passport cards.’
    • ‘Tthere is a real fear among some users that if an ethical hacker slipped in and accessed key details without anyone noticing, then who is to say the site's security wasn't compromised before by more malicious-minded individuals?’
    • ‘Ethical hackers have to have an open mind and be creative.’