From Hacktivists to Cyber Terrorists: The Many Faces of Hacking


There are many reasons why people get into hacking. Some want to change the world, to fight for the little guy, to make corporations and governments pay for their crimes against humanity. Others just think it’s cool.

Regardless of the initial intent, hackers often go into other areas. It’s not a black and white skill – some can be harmless while others are malicious. Some even do it for good reasons. Understanding the different intentions and motivations can make for an interesting study into these enigmas of the online world.

This graphic by our friends at ZoneAlarm does just that – breaks down the different types of hackers, demonstrates their styles, and offers ways people can defend themselves against the “bad” ones.

Click to enlarge.

Hacker Infographic

(HT: Covington Oil Change)

Written by JD Rucker

+JD Rucker is Editor at Soshable, a Social Media Marketing Blog. He is a Christian, a husband, a father, and founder of both Judeo Christian Church and Dealer Authority. He drinks a lot of coffee, usually in the form of a 5-shot espresso over ice. Find him on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.

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  • Rdford

    Looking for a new external device that clarifies imbedded code. Is there such a device?

  • Travelsonic9

    .. Avoid ALL torrents, avoid ALL free downloads? How about being SMART about it, look up reputation related information, have good antvirus installed and enabled…. that extreme, IMO, hardly seems logical or necessary.

    • Yeah, that part about avoiding all torrents seemed a little like an anti-piracy message instead of just general web safety, but the fact is that many torrents are questionable and do represent a legitimate security threat to your computer. By simply saying “avoid all,” the authors made the simplest, most direct suggestion.

  • Oversaucy

    If it’s free it must be a virus. Why else would anyone give something away free.