Effects of computer hacking

Published: 03rd December 2009
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Computer hacking incorporates some degree of violation on the privacy of others, invading the network security, and thus causing damage to confidential files, web page or software. It may also include downloading or alteration of files through unauthorized access.



Computer hacking is the practice of altering computer hardware and software, in order to cause damage to important data on a computer or to simply steal secret information. Computer hackers often aim at home and office computers that are connected to the Internet. The Internet makes PC vulnerable to attacks from hackers from across the globe.



Effects of computer hacking



1. Computer hacking is the break of computer security. It exposes the sensitive data of the user and risks user privacy. These activities disclose the secret user information such as personal details, social security numbers, credit card numbers, bank account data, etc. This can lead to illegitimate use and modification of users' information.



2. Modification of important data with intent to achieve personal gain is another effect of computer hacking. This can lead to the loss of all the data stored in the computer. The modification of sensitive data is a worst effect of hacking.



3. Another significant consequence of hacking is identity theft. This fraud involves pretention to be someone else, with determination to gain unauthorized access to information property. It meant to be an illegal use of someone else's identity for personal use.



4. With the advancement in technology, several key-logging software have been evolved which are capable of tracking and recording key stroke by the user, causing stealing of passwords and account details. Another ill effect of computer hacking is the refusal of service attack. This refers to the DOS attack, which makes computer resources inaccessible to authorized users. Often, websites fall prey to denial of service attack which causes unavailability of them for longer period of time.



5. Computer hacking can also cause theft of significant business information. This can disclose email addresses to hackers which could be used by them to use it for spamming and destroying email privacy.



6. If the information related to national security, confidential government data, information related to national defence and security, if exposed by mean of hacking can lead to severe consequences.



7. Hacking can be used to convert computer into zombies. Zombie computers are used by the hackers for fraudulent activities.

Most of the hackers are less noble and use their skills to steal personal information. But this type of computer hacking can sent them to a federal prison for up to 20 years.



About Author:-

I am computer check up specialist for iYogi, a leading IT support based in India, iYogi provides computer firewall configuration services via phone and remote access for home users and small businesses worldwide. Live 24 /7 support coverage extends to technologies that we use every day.


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