Seen at the top of the technological heirarchy, a person fully capable of using a computer to the fullest extent, and knows at least three programming languages without having to refer back to a tutorial, and has done at least one recognizable thing with them.

Not to be confused with cracker. While a hacker may have the capacity to gain unauthorized access to a computer, he/she will only do it to expand the boundaries of knowledge and promote virtue, while a cracker will destroy the results of a hacker.

It is unorthodox to consider yourself to be a hacker, rather than be considered a hacker by other hackers.
"Change 'document.alert()' to just plain 'alert()'. You don't need the 'document' to call the string."
—Hacker
by Relentless February 13, 2005
An MIT word that describes pranksters.
In MIT talk, hackers are really known as crackers
Dude, did you see the latest hack?
Hackers put a huge dick on the Great Dome
by George March 08, 2004
One who enjoys or is profecient at using a computer. A hacker may occasionaly curcumvent security measures out of curiosity, but becomes a cracker when he starts destroying data or causing trouble.
I am a computer hacker.
by the hacker April 21, 2003
A person highly skilled in programming who puts there talents to use by soleving the unsolveable,there history offen gos all the way back to the days of the first "minicomputers" and the earliest ARPAnet experiments.

Hackers also hate boundrys,and therfore offen hide there true identitys to everyone they know on the net,and there fake identitys are hidden to evryone they know in real life.

nearly all programmers look up to the hackers master like Programming experience.

NOTE: Hackers must not be confused with the scum knowen as "crackers"
the unix is an os created by hackers,however breaking into someones ip and messing up there phone is knowen as craking and is not practiced by real hackers.
by T-F-K March 22, 2006
People who have no concideration for other peoples lives. Usually is an ex, A cop, Gov., employee, hard core games that don't know the idea of fair play because they couldn't win a real match if thier life depended on it. i.e. Lack of skills that count. Loosers that steal money they didn;t ern. Some one you told several times you don't want to date, current partner with no respect for your life or privacy. A girl who wants your man and he's told her on numerous occations that he's not interested and getting a job right at the next building wasn't enough for the.... In other words a Stalker!!! Also, most hackers have a large system PC in thier places with a box that is attached to it. They usually "boast and brag" that they can get any ones info about thier entire lives from just a simple name and #. It's true, but thier problems are very deap and refusal to see it is the problem in the world. IT's none of thier buisness!
KG: Well you got what you deserved. What you gave. NOTHING! Stay out of our computer's files, my e-mails and our life. Did you ever here the phrase, " Trust is Faith in Love?"
Hacker Tab's: I was dating this guy up north via internet and he was msgin this other girl and I hacked his e-mails to check up on him.
KG: Oh thats right, he's the problem! Does he still live w/ his momma? You know # 1 that's just wrong of you. #2 If he's talking with another girl he's just not into you.
Hackers# 3 you stalk people and need to get that checked out in your head. #4 Stalking some ones man and getting a job right next door practically and not even doing your job while your thier is another problem. #5 These people 9 times out of ten live off thier parents and have no clue how to sustane a home of thier own or have several techi roomates that think it's funny too. Shall we say LAME They want "Controle," but have no controle of thier true feelings or actions. It's why they do it. Basicaly Chicken shits with no kouth if you ask me.
Hacker Mod: I don't have a problem!
KG: OK, Sociapath, whatever you tell your self to sleep at night. If you spent half the time doing real work then you did breaking peoples security settings you might find happieness. BTW we laugh at the fact you say you can keep any one on a leash. Get a Life!

KG: What color are the clouds outside? When was the last time you thought of any one, but your own tracking habbits? I'm just saying. If some one say's NO they mean NO. If they get a program to halt your operations, that means your not wanted. Get a clue and stay out! That goes for you too Mr. Jon Doe n Co.o! Your games are old and weak. Living in the past of your own regrets and lies. Dude, thats not my problem. Peace and Love lives better than a thief w/out a clue.
by ISaidNOJKcrBS June 22, 2010
Pre-Morris Worm:

A programmer who uses low-level features of a computer language or protocol (a hack) to produce results which canonical use can not.

Post-Morris Worm:

A criminal who steals computing resources and data through unauthorized access.
I used to consider myself a LISP hacker, but since the sendmail debacle, I had to change my .finger to say "wizard" to keep our idiot congressmen from locking me up for redefining the comma operator.
by Carl Klapper May 13, 2006
A hacker is a gifted computer programmer who has the ability to throw together specialised computer programs in a short period of time, to suit his or her specific needs.

A hacker is NOT someone who breaks into computer systems, although the knowledge they possess might be used for this purpose.
Dood, Bill Gates is totaly a hacker.
by Yann April 30, 2005

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