Hacking Tool

What Does Hacking Tool Mean?

A hacking tool is a program or utility designed to assist a hacker with hacking. It can also be proactively utilized to protect a network or computer from hackers.


Hacking is intentional modification of computer software or hardware that is outside the architectural perimeters and design. Hacking tools come in a wide variety of applications and are specifically created to assist in hacking. A hacking tool is commonly used to gain unauthorized access to a PC to insert worms, siffers, viruses and Trojan horses.

This may also be referred to as a hack tool.

Techopedia Explains Hacking Tool

A hacking tool is a tool or program that is specially designed to help a hacker. The true meaning of hacking is derived from “hacking away”, which is used to refer to someone who is extremely proficient in computer technology and hacks away at the bits and bytes. Today’s definition of hacking refers to a self-taught prodigy or specialized programmer who is able to modify computer hardware or software outside a developer’s architectural design.


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