Is a person who is skilled with computers and/or programming to an elite level where they know all of the in's and out's of a system.
There is “NO” illegality involved with being a hacker.
Is a hacker who uses their ability for personal gains outside of the law. A few Examples
Stealing data - Gaining access to licensed software - Changing bank accounts - Distributing Viruses etc.
What the hacker does with their knowledge of systems is within the definition of the law and is what defines
Hacker from Cracker Here.
It's safe to say that all crackers are hackers, but not all hackers are crackers.
This is an important distinction.
The term cracker and hacker are used interchangeably (albeit incorrectly) largely due to the ignorance of the general populace, especially the media. ***Hackint0sh welcome hacking but have a "Zero Tolerance" towards cracking on this site*** On a personal note.. I posted this to mainly help inform people to be careful what they post on the forum
so please don't flame me if you disagree