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gray hat

[ grey-hat ]
/ ˈgreɪ ˈhæt /
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noun Computers Informal.

a hacker who violates the security of a system without true malicious intent but often without the prior knowledge or consent of the owner or developer, and who later reports system vulnerabilities to the authorities, sometimes for personal profit.

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Also called gray hat hack·er .

Origin of gray hat

First recorded in 2000–05; modeled after gray market
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