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When I am white, I do good.
When I am black, I do evil.
When I am grey, I do both.
When I am red, I rule.

What am I?

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    $\begingroup$ cant stop thinking of Signal ;) $\endgroup$ May 27, 2015 at 12:16

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you are

a hat !

When I am white, I do good.

white hats hacks for the common good, to help improve network security

When I am black, I do evil.

black hats hacks for fun and profit

When I am grey, I do both.

a gray hat hacks sometime for the common good, and sometime for despicable reasons

When I am red, I rule.

red hat is a widely used, and rather good, linux distribution (probably leader on the market)

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  • $\begingroup$ That was too easy :) $\endgroup$
    – A.D.
    May 27, 2015 at 12:23
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Another answer that works is

the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

When I am white, I do good.

The rider of the white horse is sometimes said to represent Jesus.

When I am black, I do evil.

The rider of the black horse usually represents famine, which is an evil outcome.

When I am grey, I do both.

The rider of the grey horse represents death, which is often an evil thing but can sometimes be merciful and a relief.

When I am red, I rule.

The rider of the red horse represents war: a conflict often fought to decide who should rule.

Source.

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  • $\begingroup$ Thank you for this answer. I learned something reading it. +1 $\endgroup$
    – A.D.
    May 27, 2015 at 16:44
  • $\begingroup$ "which is undoubtedly an evil phenomenon" I don't think you can realistically claim that famine is "undoubtedly" evil. You'd have to demonstrate that famine has malicious intent, for starters. $\endgroup$ May 27, 2015 at 17:11
  • $\begingroup$ @LightnessRacesinOrbit Hey, it's a riddle - allusion, caricaturising, and personification are fine! Is it better after my edit? $\endgroup$ May 27, 2015 at 19:16
  • $\begingroup$ Probably.​​​​​​ $\endgroup$ May 28, 2015 at 5:29

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