They are human like everyone else – you wouldn’t be able to tell a hacker from a regular programmer. But they are often extremely smart software engineers who understand how the world of IT works, invariably a lot better than an average developer, so it’s no wonder that sometimes they end up being employed by government agencies.
Ethical hackers are helping build our defenses against data breaches and cybercrime, protect privacy, and restore trust about the digital landscape. Unfortunately, there are hackers that use their intelligence for malicious purposes and are occasionally influenced by ideologies or motivations that are not widely accepted. They leverage malware, hacking tools, and stolen identity documents from the dark web to penetrate companies’ systems.