Definition - What does Cracker mean?
Techopedia explains Cracker
These entry-level crackers tend to be only 12 to 14 years old. They usually comprehend cracking as mischievous and fun; in their eyes, it is mainly play.
These crackers follow the practice of 1970s MIT students. They usually have a deep interest in computers and programming. Their desire for illegal computer access is normally fairly harmless.
Tourists are yet another kind of relatively harmless cracker and are mainly looking for a challenge. They break into systems to see if they can, then log off. Tourists can certainly be dangerous if they pass details to thieves or malicious crackers about how to crack a specific system.
Crashers' main objective is to satisfy their desire to boast by bringing systems to a crashing halt. This helps them to make their mark among their victims. Crashers usually make themselves known to the victim, although they keep their personal identities secret.
This type of cracker is the real criminal. The thieves may make use of bribery or blackmail to obtain the required information to gain access to computer systems or networks. Thieves usually do cracking for monetary gain. Thieves tend to be linked to electronic sabotage and espionage. In addition, they are considered the most professional of all the crackers.