Hackers are people who get into programs to show vulnerabilities in the system.
Cracking is more of getting into systems to get information, not to show any weaknesses.
Hacking is unauthorized accessing of a website/domain/computersystem/database. This usually involves penetrating a firewall and any other protection in place to prevent unauthorized access. It is normally done to steal information.
Cracking is digitally removing the copywrite protection code that prevents copied/pirated software from running on computers that haven't been authorized to run it by the vendor of the software.
Hacker originally meant someone who wrote code. It was a term of pride and honor. As more and more people came on-line and those with nefarious intentions began using their skills to crack into others' systems, hackers objected to the use of the term hacker to describe them, and so the term cracker was created.
Hackers are "white hats" and crackers "black hats."
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