- 1 decade agoFavorite Answer
Here are some nice readings about hackers:
http://www.paulgraham.com/gh.html General definition of an hacker
http://stuff.mit.edu/hacker/hacker.html Old school hacking
- 1 decade ago
A hacker is a person who creates and modifies computer software and computer hardware, including computer programming, administration, and security-related items. The term usually bears strong connotations, but may be either positive or negative depending on cultural context (see the Hacker definition controversy).
In computer programming, a hacker is a programmer who hacks or reaches a goal by employing a series of modifications to exploit or extend existing code or resources. For some, "hacker" has a negative connotation and refers to a person who "hacks" or uses kludges to accomplish programming tasks that are ugly, inelegant, and inefficient. This negative form of the noun "hack" is even used among users of the positive sense of "hacker". (Cf. operator overloading.)
In computer security, a hacker is a person who specializes in work with the security mechanisms for computer and network systems. While including those who endeavor to strengthen such mechanisms, it more often is used, especially in the mass media, to refer to those who seek access despite them.
In other technical fields, hacker is extended to mean a person who makes things work beyond perceived limits through their own technical skill, such as a hardware hacker, or reality hacker.
In hacker culture, a hacker is a person who has attained a certain social status and is recognized among members of the culture for commitment to the culture's values and a certain amount of technical knowledge.Source(s): wikipedia
- 1 decade ago
hackers are people to try and hack into your system and gaian access to everything and can see everysingle thing u see on ur desktop to protect ur comp u can protect it with microsoft windows protection and firewall and anti viruses and so forth