A good guy or hero of romanticised Old West stories.
by Antinous September 11, 2003
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a certain type of people who are usually college guys or recent college grads. they wear white hats embroidered with their favorite logo (most likely it is their college) or hollister surf co.

some characteristics of white hats are:
- always listen to same type of music. and it has to be approved by their friends and liked by the masses. example: dave mathews band, pearl jam, jack jackson
- when they come home for break they always hang out with their old friends from high school.
- they act the same way they did in high school. with quicker and easier access to beer (in most cases) they play beer pong and flip cup for hours
- they get dressed up to go to starbucks
- their usual attire includes jeans and a t-shirt underneath a buttoned-up shirt. and of course their white hat.
- frat boys
- most of their conversations usually start out with "hey did you go to that party last night?"
"i tried to keep the party low-key but a bunch of white hats showed up"
or
"did you see all those white hats in starbucks?"
or
"Just because you wear earth-tone hats, dan, doesn't make you less of a white hat"
by getherdrunk December 27, 2005
Whitehat was a word previously used to mean that they may use the same way, however they are still the "good guys", and this is no different.

A whitehat hacker is someone who discovers (or attempts) exploits for good use. OpenBSD users/programmers often tend to be whitehats, although still a large number of FreeBSD users/programmers may be whitehats. In comparision I would say more OpenBSD users/programmers are whitehats.

Often when a whitehat finds an exploit, he often informs people as needed. IE: FreeBSD security mail list, OpenBSD security mail list.

At the same time I would assume more Linux users are blackhats due to the large number of pinhead users while most Windows users tend to know even less and primarily stay out of the "game" (this is no game, like blackhats think it is, you just wait until they come upon a server that does remote logging).

Blackhats are often pinheads who have nothing better to do then attack people to prove how "1337" they are.
Many whitehats use OpenBSD.
by Brian Finniff July 15, 2004
A computer expert, usually a former hacker, who now uses his or her skills for legitimate causes.
That guy who wrote the OMG0rz virus? He's a white hat now, works for Sun Microsystems.
by Lexicon Master September 08, 2003
Whitehat was a word previously used to mean that they may use the same way, however they are still the "good guys", and this is no different.

A whitehat hacker is someone who discovers (or attempts) exploits for good use. OpenBSD users/programmers often tend to be whitehats, although still a large number of FreeBSD users/programmers may be whitehats. In comparision I would say more OpenBSD users/programmers are whitehats.

Often when a whitehat finds an exploit, he often informs people as needed. IE: FreeBSD security mail list, OpenBSD security mail list.

At the same time I would assume more Linux users are blackhats due to the large number of pinhead users while most Windows users tend to know even less and primarily stay out of the "game" (this is no game, like blackhats think it is, you just wait until they come upon a server that does remote logging).

Blackhats are often pinheads who have nothing better to do then attack people to prove how "1337" they are.
Brian Finniff is a whitehat.
by Brian Finniff July 15, 2004
When you cum so much on a girl's head, it looks like she is wearing a white hat.
Dude i totally white hatted that chick.
by Big Daddy Haddad October 18, 2010
hacker lingo A whitehat hackers is a person who uses their skills for good rather than bad. Some people see them as lame, some don't. The point is gray is the way to be.
blackhat, whitehat, grayhat... everyone needs to get along and unite in the one aim of flaming script kiddie lamers
by papaunix December 13, 2004
A person who is a hacker, who uses his skills and knowledge to explore and report weaknesses for the good of everyone.
White-hats are good people.
by Azrael January 27, 2004

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