White hat hackers can help fight against cyber attacks

In today’s complex digital world, so often subject to fraud and security breaches, it can be fairly said that “It takes a hacker to catch a hacker.” In this case, a hacker wearing a white hat.

“White hat hackers” or “ethical hackers” are technology good guys, who, according to www. techopedia.com, “Use their skills to improve security by exposing vulnerabilities before malicious hackers (known as black hat hackers) can detect and exploit them.”

Before we go any further about white hat hackers, though, why are there so many black hat hackers? According to a July 30, 2016, story on MSN.com, a San Francisco-based white hat hacker named Billy Rios said there were three reasons for malicious hacking:

  • It’s easier than ever to hack into networks, especially smaller companies and institutions with limited security resources, and added to that the habit of many to put their personal information on their social media sites.
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