Socially acceptable behavior is defined through the values that shape in the society, and even by the cultural norms. Acceptable behavior concerning to the internet, and networks is not similar to the normal acceptable standards. Hacking is a security breach and the consequences of a hack are eventually a moral predicament of right or wrong.
The actions of hackers can be considered socially acceptable when the degree of the actions of good and bad hackers is measured on the same scale as per hypothetical background of a moral problem, and evaluated with moral legalism. Few instances in which illegal actions taken by a hacker may be socially acceptable or even legal are hacking the privacy features of a social networking site and reporting it to the company about the bugs in the web design. In the early 1970’s the United States government formed a team of ethical hackers to hack their own computers. Presently, there exists a team of several ethical hackers, who are recruited by multi-national companies to work for the companies and hack their own network.
The key to free software is the commitment a hacker offers to software coding, derived from some combination, either by intellectual challenge, fun, or ideological commitment . With a hacking subculture it is easy to understand and justify the actions of the hackers. In hacking subculture, a hack is an exploit, in which the hacker bypasses layers of automated or physical security to gain entrance to the internal computer networks. A gray hat hacker normally behaves in a decent way and is committed to violate the conventional ethics. White hat hackers are the ethical hackers and these are the software programmers are committed to enhance computer security. A cracker or a malicious hacker is known as the black-hat hacker who is committed to intrude the network, and commit the activities that are against the hacker ethics. It can be known that few elements of the hacker subculture do not tolerate computer crime.
Jordan, T. (2013). Hacking: Digital Media and Technological Determinism. John Wiley & Sons.