The media is full of stories about malicious computer programs damaging computers, criminals stealing people’s identities online, and attacks on corporate websites that have brought major corporations to a standstill. These are examples of cybercrime.
Cybercrime is any criminal action perpetrated primarily through the use of a computer. The existence of cybercrime means that computer users must take precautions to protect themselves.
Cybercriminals are individuals who use computers, networks, and the Internet to perpetrate crime. Anyone with a computer and the wherewithal to arm himself or herself with the appropriate knowledge can be a cybercriminal.
- What can you do to protect your computer?
- The chapter talks about white-hat hackers and black-hat hackers. Do you agree that hackers should be categorized based on their intent? Or do you agree that all hacking regardless of intent is illegal? What is your reasoning?
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