2 definitions by Ei0nN

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Hacking is the gaining of access(wanted or unwanted) to a computer and viewing, copying, or creating data(leaving a trace) without the intention of destroying data or maliciously harming the computer.

This represents the Good Guys most of the time for they are the ones who search for these exploits to prevent crackers use a method called cracking(opposite of hacking).

Hacking and hackers are commonly mistaken to be the bad guys most of the time. Crackers are the ones who screw things over as far as creating virus, cracks, spyware, and destroying data.


References:
Cracker - Person who gains unauthorized access to a computer with the intention of causing damage.

Cracking - Method by which a person who gains unauthorized access to a computer with the intention of causing damage.

Hacker - Person who gains authorized/unauthorized access to a computer WITHOUT the intention of causing damage.

Spyware - A Program that was created by a person(most frequently a cracker) to watch the computer and it's actions and report the details to the origional maker.

Virus - A maliciously made program that is used to destroy data, or hurt the performance of the computer. Makes copies of itself and sends it to more people.
Subject A : A hacker killed my computer! All my reports are gone and it's due tomarrow!

Subject B : Dude, if you lost all your data, that's probably a cracker that broke into your comp.

Subject A : I'm white you numbskull.

Subject B : No, a cracker destroys your data. A hacker looks at your data.

Subject A : Does it look like I care?
by Ei0nN August 22, 2004
Half-Life Dedicated Server--
is a program that you can use to create a Half-Life game server to the public.

It also supports Half-Life mods such as Counter-Strike, Day of Defeat, The Specialists, Natural Selection, Global Warfare, and Underworld.
"I'm going to go download HLDS and run my own counter-Strike Server!"

"To run a Half-life server, you need HLDS."

"If It wasn't for HLDS, I wouldn't be on this server getting pwned by nubs!"
by Ei0nN April 26, 2004
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