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- Good information Is Your Information Safe He doesnt wear a stocking mask over his face and he doesnt break a window to get into your house He doesnt hold a gun to your head nor does he ransack your personal possessions Just the same hes a thief Although this thief is one youll not only never see but you may not even realize right away that hes robbed you The thief is a computer hacker and he enters your home via your computer accessing personal information -- such as credit card numbers -- which he could then use without your knowledge -- at least until you get that next credit card statement Richard Bernes supervisor of the FBIs Hi-Tech squad in San Jose California calls the Internet the unlocked window in cyberspace through which thieves crawl Erickson 1 There seems to be an unlimited potential for theft of credit card numbers bank statements and other financial and personal information transmitted over the Internet Its hard to imagine that anyone in todays technologically oriented world could function without computers Personal computers are linked to business computers and financial networks and all are linked together via the Internet or other networks More than a hundred million electronic messages travel through cyberspace every day and every piece of information stored in a computer is vulnerable to attack Icove-Seger-VonStorch 1 Yesterdays bank robbers have become todays computer hackers They can walk away from a computer crime with millions of virtual dollars in the form of information they can use or sell for an enormous profit Walking away is precisely what they do The National Computer Crimes Squad estimates that 85-97 of the time theft of information from computers is not even detected Icove-Seger-VonStorch 1 Home computer users are vulnerable not only for credit card information and login IDs but also their files disks and other computer
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