Legal Definition of hack
Definition of hack
From Old English tohaccian (“hack to pieces”)
hack (third-person singular simple present hacks, present participle hacking, simple past and past participle hacked)
- (slang, computing) To hack into; to gain unauthorized access to a computer system (e.g. website) or network by manipulating code; a crack.
- (computing) To accomplish a difficult programming task.
He can hack like no one else and make the program work as expected.
- (computing) To make a quick code change to patch a computer program, often one that is inelegant or that makes the program harder to maintain.
I hacked in a fix for this bug, but we'll still have to do a real fix later.
- (gain unauthorized access): crack
hack (plural hacks)
- (computing, slang) An illegal attempt to gain access to a computer network.
- (computing) An interesting technical achievement, particularly in computer programming.
- (computing) A small code change meant to patch a problem as quickly as possible.
- (computing) An expedient, temporary solution, meant to be replaced with a more elegant solution at a later date.
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