Black, White, and Gray Hats and Who’s Wearing Them
Some of the hacking sites we looked at claim to be “ethical hackers,” others were less willing to claim a moral high ground. Often, digging into claims of ethical hacking led to claims of clear pricing and no hidden fees or money back guarantees.
However, ethical hacking does exist. For example, a white hat hacker is often paid by a company to perform penetration testing or vulnerability testing and reports their findings to the business so they can better secure their network. Gray hat hackers may do the same thing, but without the permission or knowledge of the business, and may request money in exchange for releasing any vulnerability information. Black hat hackers, on the contrary, act solely for personal gain. They may create malware, viruses or ransomware. They may seek money or just notoriety among the hacker community.