Term Description
cracker cracker - an intruder who breaks into someone else's computer system, often (incorrectly) referred to as a hacker.

The term cracker is also widely used to describe a person who breaks copy protection in software applications in order to keep or distribute free/pirated copies.

Hacker is a term used by some to mean "a clever programmer" and by others, especially journalists or their editors, to mean "someone who tries to break into computer systems.". Please note hacking is the process of cleverly solving a programming problem, not necessarily associated with crackers.
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