A white hat hacker is a computer and network expert who attacks a security system on behalf of its owners or as a hobby, seeking vulnerabilities that a malicious hacker could exploit. Instead of taking malicious advantage of exploits, a white hat hacker notifies the system’s owners to fix the breach before it is can be taken advantage of.
A black hat is a person who compromises the security of a computer system without permission from an authorized party, typically with malicious intent. A black hat will maintain knowledge of the vulnerabilities and exploits they find for a private advantage, not revealing them to the public or the manufacturer for correction.
A gray hat is a skilled hacker who sometimes will act legally and other times may not. They are a cross between white hat and black hat hackers. They usually do not hack for personal gain or have malicious intentions, but may or may not occasionally commit crimes during the course of their technological exploits.
Which one are you?