White or ethical hackers help companies find and fix gaps in their protection.

Such hackers act on requests from companies that can be found on various sites, such as HackerOne or Bugcrowd.

It is important to remember that hacking companies that did not ask for it, you can get sued, even if you did not use their information in any way. The same applies to hacking Wi-Fi.

White hackers try not to cause interruptions in the company’s work with their activities — for example, they will not test resistance to DDoS attacks in the middle of the working day.

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Who are “white hat” and “black hat”?

White hackers are often called white hats (white hats), and hackers-intruders — black hats (black hats). Such names appeared because of westerns, where the good guys wore white hats, and the bad ones – black.

The main motivation of white hats is to develop their skills and use them for the benefit of the companies they work for. The main motivation of black hats is to get benefits no matter what.

In addition to white and black, gray hats are often found – gray hats. Such hackers usually do not have criminal intentions when hacking, but they can hack the products of companies that have not published a verification request, and if they get their hands on data that can be sold, they can take advantage of this opportunity.