cybersecurity Glossary

What is Cracker?

Cracker is the pejorative meaning of hacker. They are malicious agents who look for vulnerabilities that can be exploited to breach an organization’s security systems. 

Through the cyberattacks they launch, crackers aim to illegitimately enter the systems, programs and networks of a company or administration and steal data, hijack documents and commit all kinds of fraud. 

A cracker can also be understood as someone who performs cracking activities, i.e., unprotecting computer programs by evading their security mechanisms, resulting in pirated software versions.