The article discusses the rise of hacking and its implications for our society. It highlights the growing number of computer viruses and hackers engaged in various criminal activities. Initially considered a mischievous act by young programmers, hacking evolved into a lucrative business driven by financial motives. Cybercrime, including fraud, blackmail, and exploitation, has become widespread and complex. Moreover, hacking has given rise to cyber warfare, with nations using hackers to interfere in elections and disrupt systems. Efforts to combat hacking are underway, with a growing demand for cybersecurity experts. The article suggests the establishment of an international scientific institute solely focused on creating impenetrable computer security. This proposal aims to unite nations and address the escalating threat of hacking. The article was first published on FirstRand Perspectives.
Hackers and Hacking
By Peter Dearlove
Why is something so apparently mindless and nasty now rampant? Are hackers just thieves looking for an open window? What is to be done to solve the biggest threat to our sophisticated existence?
Hacking, hackers, white hats, black ones, and grey
There are, perhaps, nine, ten, eleven, twelve, thir… different kinds of computer virus, and the number is growing almost as fast as you can say the number is growing too fast. Then again, there are nine, ten, eleven thousand hackers creating new ones and using them to do one, two, three, four or fi… different criminal things.
It is not an easy business to keep your finger on, to fight, to write books about, or to try to control. It is, according to people who track these things, the most important issue and the biggest threat of our times, apart that is, from climate change and maybe the exploding population.
When man-made computer infections first came to general attention and were likened to a virus they seemed more naughty than threatening. For reasons now hard to pin down, wayward young computer programmers, widely assumed to be teenagers, took delight in making people’s computers disobey instructions and do weird things. This they learned they could by inserting a string of rubbish instructions into the…