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What does it mean when someone says "utilizing strict white-hat techniques"? just wondering...

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Doing something which is normally illegal but legal under certain circumstances. This is usually used in computer hacking circles. For example, a company with a new computer system will hire a hacker to see how easy it is to actually hack the system. If the hacker did it on his own, that would be a black hat (bad guy) action, but since he was given permission that is a white hat (good guy) action.

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thanks for explaining that so well, the example was the clincher.
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