“In this era of computer advancements and technological breakthroughs Hackers, Computer Pirates and Virus Creators while there actions are similar there motives can differ, Shamus Ford reports.”
In today’s society computer crimes such as Hacking, Computer Piracy and Virus Creation are on the rise. The internet is the most common place computer crimes occur with 77% of attacks occurring via the internet while 33% from an internal system. There are a variety of motives for computer crimes. Research conducted by the Computer Crime Research Center on march 10th 2004 http://www.crime-research.org/news/10.03.2004/126/ states that the main goals and motives of computer criminals are as follows: profit - 57.3%, hooligan motives - 18.3%, revenge - 9.2%, commercial espionage or sabotage 10.6%.
Hacking is the most commonly known computer crime; however people refer to hacking as committing any criminal act using a computer while this is not the case. Hacking is equivalent to breaking and entering however instead of breaking into a house you break some ones computer security and entering is equivalent to accessing someone’s computer files, once in, they steel you files and use them for personal befit. While it is not a prerequisite most hackers are also virus creators. There are two main kinds of hackers black hat and white hat hackers, black hat hackers are the ones who are there for malicious purposes such as steeling/storing or vandalising data. While white hat hackers are legally intrudes who are hired by administrators to test there system for security flaws. There are also many other variants such as gray hat hackers which is between black hat and white hat hackers.
Piracy or more commonly referred to as software piracy is any act that involves the unauthorized copying of computer software. While many people know that copying software is illegal some ignore this and proceeded with duplicating it anyway. The Image Below...