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In computer security, a hacker is someone who focuses on security mechanisms of computer and network systems. While including those who endeavor to strengthen such mechanisms, it is more often used by the mass media and popular culture to refer to those who seek access despite these security measures. That is, the media portrays the ‘hacker’ as a villain. Nevertheless, parts of the subculture see their aim in correcting security problems and use the word in a positive sense. White hat is the name given to ethical computer hackers, who utilize hacking in a helpful way. White hats are becoming a necessary part of the information security field. They operate under a code, which acknowledges that breaking into other people’s computers is bad, but that discovering and exploiting security mechanisms and breaking into computers is still an interesting activity that can be done ethically and legally. Accordingly, the term bears strong connotations that are favorable or pejorative, depending on the context.

A Russian national in jail for hacking the Democratic National Committee says a data signature proves he acted on the Kremlin's orders.
Popular cryptocurrency exchange EtherDelta announces a potential DNS attack and suspends service just days before Bitcoin hit a five-day drop.
Happy 25th birthday, SML2! Thanks to DMCA worries, fans should probably grab this ASAP.
The bounty, split between two researchers, is the largest single reward by any government bug bounty program to date.
Researchers warn hundreds of Lexmark printers are vulnerable to a trivial hack thanks to user “gross negligence.”
Melbourne researchers warn government: don't publish data down to the individual, ever Governments should not release anonymised data that refers to individuals, because re-identification is inevitable.…
A proposed new law could make it legal for companies to hack back against attacker.

But will it work?
Jha rule-breaker confesses IoT gadget hack crimes, now facing the slammer A former New Jersey college student has copped to helping create and run the massive Mirai DDoS botnet.…