What Damage Can Hackers Do?

Hackers like to subvert computer security without permission. They are cyber criminals. This can mean gaining access to a computer across the Internet for illicit purposes. They might engage in any of the following activities:

  • Vandalism Destruction or digital defacement of a computer or its data for destruction's sake. Sometimes this is ego-driven. They break in and leave their mark to show they've been there.

  • Hacktivism A form of vandalism or electronic civil disobedience with a political agenda. Usually hacktivists have altruistic motives.

  • Theft Gaining access to intellectual or proprietary technology or information, sometimes for resale.

  • Hijacking Many of the financially motivated hackers are interested in using viruses and Trojan horses to hijack your computer so they can remotely control it for their own purposes.

  • Identity theft Electronic theft of personal information that can be used to steal financial resources from an individual or corporation.

  • Terrorism Some experts believe that terrorists will eventually launch an attack using hacking techniques.

Absolute Beginners Guide To. Security, Spam, Spyware & Viruses
Absolute Beginners Guide to Security, Spam, Spyware & Viruses
ISBN: 0789734591
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2005
Pages: 168

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