Medicon Engineering Themes (ISSN: 2834-7218)

Research Article

Volume 6 Issue 6

What Influences a Hacker to be a Black Hat?

Bishal Poudel1* and Satish Kumar Karna2
1Department of Computer Engineering, Nepal College of Information, Technology, Balkumari, Lalitpur
2Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Nepal College of Information Technology, Balkumari, Lalitpur

*Corresponding Author: Bishal Poudel, Department of Computer Engineering, Nepal College of Information, Technology, Balkumari, Lalitpur.

Published: May 31, 2024

DOI: 10.55162/MCET.06.215

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Hacking used to be linked with computer enthusiasts making positive improvements. But now, it has split into two sides: ethical and unethical practices. Originating from MIT's hacker culture, the paper examines the mindset, motivations, and influences behind the transition of hackers, in unauthorized and harmful activities, known as "black hat" hacking. Hackers, initially driven by a dream to enhance human life through computers, became divided into black hats and white hats, separated by a fuzzy gray line. While both possess technical expertise, black hats engage in bad activities driven by motivations such as financial gain, revenge, ideology, curiosity, ego, and enjoyment. Money and ego emerge as primary influencers leading hackers towards the black hat path. The study emphasizes the interplay of technical skills, human vulnerabilities, and hacking methods. Despite the negative impact, black hat activities unintentionally contribute to technological progress. The paper concludes by highlighting the importance of understanding the human aspect of hacking in the evolving digital landscape.

Keywords: hacker; black hat; white hat; mindset; motivation; influence