Who are these “Hackers” anyway?
What we need to understand is that “hackers” is a term that is thrown around very loosely these days. The common thought is that: “Hackers” want your data. “Hackers” want your Identity. “Hackers” want pictures of your last Christmas. “Hackers” want to destroy the world as we know it.
As true as some of that may be we need to also understand who these “Hackers” are. It is true, some of them are individuals or small rogue groups.
Security hacker. People involved with circumvention of computer security.
White hats are hackers employed with the efforts of keeping data safe from other hackers by looking for loopholes and hackable areas. This type of hacker typically gets paid quite well, and receives no jail time due to the consent of the company that hired them.
Grey hats are hackers who are neither good nor bad, and often include people who hack ‘for fun’ or to ‘troll’. They may both fix and exploit, though grey hats are usually associated with black hat hackers.
Black hats or crackers are hackers with malicious intentions, and steal, exploit, and sell data. They are usually motivated by personal gain.
A cracker is like a black hat hacker  but is specifically someone who is very skilled and tries to make profits or to benefit from criminal gain. Crackers find exploits to systems securities and vulnerabilities but often use them to their advantage by either selling the fix to the company themselves or keeping the exploit and selling it to other black hat hackers who in turn use the information to steal information or gain royalties.
Government Employed Hackers: