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Hacking is the act of accessing a computer system without the owner’s permission. It can be used for various purposes, such as corporate espionage, financial gain, and revenge.

There are different types of hackers. Some hackers are malicious, while others are ethical. Ethical hackers are usually paid by organizations to test the security of their systems. The difference between the two is that malicious hackers intend to damage or steal information, while ethical hackers do not.

Bad actors are also known as cyber criminals. They can use networks, special software, and scripts to break into a system. This includes stealing login credentials, financial data, and other confidential information.

Cybercriminals often use phishing scams, fake websites, and spam emails to obtain unauthorized access. A malicious hacker can use DDoS, or Denial of Service Attacks, to disrupt systems. In addition to stealing information, they can use ransomware to lock users out of their accounts.

Unauthorized hackers do not follow any laws. Depending on the purpose of the attack, they can cause severe financial and reputational harm to an organization. These attackers may also be affiliated with a larger cybercrime organization.

Phreakers are a subculture of hackers who exploit weaknesses in telecommunication systems, such as telephones, to get unauthorized access to a computer. As such, they are akin to pranksters.

Social engineering is another widely-used attack to gain access to a target. Using a series of psychological tricks, social engineers convince victims to reveal personal information.