Black hat (computer security)

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A black hat (black hat hacker or blackhat) is a computer hacker who violates laws or typical ethical standards for nefarious purposes, such as cybercrime, cyberwarfare or malice.

The term originates from 1950s westerns, when bad guys typically wore black hats and good guys white hats. A black hat is contrasted with a white hat. Additionally, there is a third category which is called a grey hat, a person who hacks with good intentions but sometimes without permission.[1][2][3]