CyberCrime: What is Hacking?

985 WordsJan 26, 20184 Pages
Silent. Undetected. Life-changing. On (insert date), (insert name(s)) bypassed (insert company)’s security measures and gained access to the personal information, such as social security and credit card numbers, of millions of oblivious U.S. citizens, causing millions of dollars of damage and enormous amount of time to be spent making repairs and helping the citizens get their lives back. The rising popularity and availability of the personal computer also includes the rise of “potential opportunities for individuals… to access systems without authorization in order to cause disruption, damage systems, and commit crime…” (Rennie et al.) By being aware of this matter, one can effectively take preventative steps to avoid the potential stealing of personal information. The term “hacking”, as defined by Dictionary.com, is “to cut, notch, slice, chop, or sever (something) with or as with heavy, irregular blows.” This is exactly what cyber criminals are doing today, slicing through counter measures to obtain digital knowledge, which is then sold on the black market or hacking sites with formats similar to eBay. From there, depending on the information, it is used to open up credit card accounts, apply for government benefits, and other forms of identity theft. The means by which they do this is only limited to expertise and creativity. Once inside a computer or network, a hacker may then let loose his/her entire arsenal of destruction including, but not limited to, viruses,
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