Difference between hacking and ethical hacking

Difference between hacking and ethical hacking

Difference between hacking and ethical hacking

The difference between hacking and ethical hacking varies based on their intention & What purpose they hacking.

What is Hacking?

Hacking is a process of thinking in unexpected ways and executing them. For example, if the developer thinks that the user gives x as input but the hacker thinks differently and gives a different kind of input it gives an error but sometimes it breaks the code or gives access to Critical information.

In general, the gaining of unauthorized access to data in a system or computer is called Hacking. When a developer or programmer did a mistake then that mistake makes the system vulnerable. Hackers always look for these types of vulnerabilities when hacker found vulnerabilities in a system. He exploits it by using his skills is called Hacking

Note: In the world, No one is perfect so everyone makes mistakes In the cyber world, may take time but everything is hackable.

What is Ethical Hacking?

Doing hacking in an ethical way is called Ethical Hacking.

The process of finding vulnerabilities in the application or system and informing the organization or company about those vulnerabilities and helping to fix them. This process comes under Ethical Hacking.

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Difference between hacking and ethical hacking

HackingEthical Hacking
Hackers are Not Professional and CertifiedEthical Hackers are Professional and Certified
Not Hired by any company and working for illegal activity or personal gainHired by Organizations and companies to test the application or network or system security etc.
It comes under crime(Hacking with proper authorization comes under crime)Ethical hacking is legal
Both are almost used same tools but are used for illegal activityBoth are almost used same tools used for legal activity
These types of hackers come under the category of Black Hat HackersThese types of hackers come under the category of WhiteHat Hackers

Similarities between Hacking and Ethical Hacking:

  • White-hat or black hat or any other hacker uses the same tools for hacking.
  • Almost all hackers have strong knowledge of networking, operating systems, and computer fundamentals.
  • They all try to find vulnerabilities by zero-day attack initially.

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