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Where a Cracker can crack a tool, a Hacker can know how to use them and even write their own Hacks.

Hackers are people that look for exploits in systems & networks, usually for a pursuit of looking for information. (some hackers have very moral reasons of wanting certain information to be freed)

There are different types of hacker some of which can help Systems Operators and Administrators and others that try to make their jobs hell.
[See White-Hat, Grey-Hat, Black-Hat]