Abstract: Starting from the concepts of hacker and hacking, this article aims to present and analyze aspects related to the development of the profile of the hacker. Cybercriminal profiling is a scientific technique that determines the personality and behavioral characteristics of a person in cyberspace by using research methods in the field of social sciences, computers and criminology. For hackers, hacking is not just a technique of unauthorized access to computer systems and networks, but rather a lifestyle. In order to develop the hacker profile, the article emphasizes the importance of motivation, technical skills and technical manifestations of criminal behavior in cyberspace. The article presents and analyzes the main reasons for hackers to commit hacking, as well as the most popular categories of hackers.
Keywords: hacker; hacking; cyberspace; cybercriminal profiling; motivation.