TALENT AND SKILL THESAURUS

COMPUTER HACKING



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HELPFUL TIP:

When planning a cast member's talents and skills, think about how genetics, personality traits (both positive attributes and flaws), past experiences, environment, and the character's roles (within a family, a community, and society) all factor into what strengths may form. These special qualities should tie into the story, not only to make the character interesting but also to help him achieve his goal.
DEFINITION:
Being skilled in computer programming and having the coding know-how to overcome technical problems and obstacles

DESCRIPTION:
Hackers are have a deep understanding of computer programming and use it to gain access and possibly compromise different types of devices (smartphones, laptops, tablets), digital platforms (websites, service providers, apps), or remote servers and networks. Some hackers are ethical and use their skills for penetration testing, which helps businesses strengthen their security and overcome technical issues. They may work for businesses and corporations, work for government agencies, or serve on a task force that tracks fraud, corruption, or criminal activities like human trafficking and child pornography. Many write open-source software to be helpful, prove their prowess, and to give back to the community. Unethical hackers use their computer skills for nefarious reasons, either to create mischief, enter secured sites to scrape personal data, bring down networks or systems to attach malware that will deposit viruses or espionage. The object is usually to profit from these activities through blackmail or selling stolen personal information.

BENEFICIAL STRENGTHS OR ABILITIES:
Understanding psychology and consumer behavior
Being a fast learner (especially when it comes to learning programs, understanding security protocol, getting past firewalls, etc.)
Having flexible morals
Compartmentalizing
A strong work ethic (taking care to tie up loose ends and not leave a trail, for example)
Being paranoid about security (to avoid being caught or hacked in return)
Writing skills (to disarm targets via email, support chat, etc.) and appear legitimate
Being a problem solver
Having a good head for creative strategy
English literacy (strong command of written English, grammar, spelling)
Being driven by a need to solve puzzles and overcome challenges

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