Computers are being used to commit many types of crimes, including fraud, theft, larceny, embezzlement, and burglary. A study of 1,500 computer crimes has proven that most of them were committed by trusted computer users within businesses; people with programming skills, knowledge, access, and resources. .
The term "hacker" was once used to define a person who possessed a high level of technical expertise and to have great knowledge in the field of computers and programming. For many years, the term was considered an honor. But, when hackers began to break into private computer systems to steal money, and interfere with business operations around the world, the word had transformed into the negative meaning it has become today. With the growing use of the internet and the increase in cyber crimes, early detection, preventative software and new laws regulating and punishing these crimes have become even more necessary. The purpose of this paper is to inform readers about the malicious crimes computer hackers are causing daily, and a few solutions we can use to prevent us from becoming victims to such evil acts. .
Keywords: crimes, hacker, computer hacking, internet, solutions, software, victims.
Many people and businesses around the world rely on the internet as there means of communication. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines a Hacker as 1.) "an expert at programming and solving problems with a computer". But, I will refer to a Hacker as the type other of person we commonly know today, one who uses there knowledge of electronic programming to commit illegal or malicious acts. The most common way hackers have used to compromise someone's data is by infecting an e-mail, an application, or a web-site with a virus that grants the hacker complete access. .
According to Eli Talmor, "Two-thirds (65 percent) of Internet users globally, and almost three-quarters (73 percent) of U.