What Does Hack/Phreak/Virii/Crack/Anarchy Mean?

Hack/phreak/virii/crack/anarchy (H/P/V/C/A) refers to the collective malicious and unethical acts performed by computing professionals or other individuals.


H/P/V/C/A is used to specify the underground operations within the computing field, domain and their associated practices. It is an extension to the term hack/phreak (H/P).

Techopedia Explains Hack/Phreak/Virii/Crack/Anarchy

H/P/V/C/A is primarily used to accumulate all of the processes and procedures in the hacking or computer underworld. The collection of different activities/process within this term represents and labels the type and intent for each of them.

Hacking is referred to as good or with low severity, anarchy and phreak as suspicious and with comparatively medium severity. The viri and crack are labeled bad practices, which posses the highest severity.


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