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The American Heritage Dictionary defines it as To work as a hacker We hear about it a lot but manys understanding of it is very vague Hacking its been around for more then a century and has caused many problems for people Many are frightened by the word but for good reasons Hacking is just a general term There are many subdivisions to it but today I am going to talk about three primary divisions Hacking Phreaking and Cracking What do these divisions consist of you might ask Well that is what I am here to tell you I will give you a short history on hacking and explanation of each subject In the beginning hackers was a positive term for someone who mastered computers and could push programs to their limit and beyond Now we see them as a threat but are they Some people use hackers to see how penetrable their information is or to act as sheriffs to their information Even the people Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak founders of Apple computers started as hackers But as always there is an opposite side to the good side Hackers can find a way to our credit card numbers change valuable information on our records or just make our lives miserable In the American Heritage Dictionary a hacker is defined as a person who illegally gains access to and sometimes tampers with information on a computer system Some hacker groups claim they could shut down national access to the Internet in less than 30 minutes Do you believe them Some hackers have hacked into banks and transferred up to 70 million in computer related heists They have even penetrated our national government in the pentagon and taken confidential files to sell to the highest foreign buyers There are two general methods to hacking WetWare and technical WetWare is simply using the brain as your tool One might bribe a night watchman to
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