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The Web definition of an ethical hacker from searchsecurity.com is a computer and network expert who attacks a security system on behalf of its owners, seeking vulnerabilities that a malicious hacker could exploit. To test a security system, ethical hackers use the same methods as their less principled counterparts, but report problems instead of taking advantage of them. Ethical hacking is also known as penetration testing, intrusion testing and red teaming. An ethical hacker is sometimes called a white hat, a term that comes from old Western movies, where the "good guy" wore a white hat and the "bad guy" wore a black hat. (SearchSecurity.com , 2009) The US government has been using ethical hacking since the 70’s to hack its own computer systems. It is a technique that allows companies to fortify their security measures. It allows them to find out where their systems are vulnerable. It is ethical for the simple reason that it protects individual from harm. People have their identities stolen every day from malicious
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