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Hacking refers to several different types of actions taken by an individual and can employ many techniques. Initially, a hacker was someone who wrote computer codes and programs or built and designed electronic hardware. This is now referred to as cracking in attempt to preserve the original meaning. Eventually, hacking acquired negative connotation through news media exposure. Damages from hacking include viruses, security threats, mail bombs that cause the mail server to crash and even attacks that send so many requests to a web page that the server crashes.

One example of how hacking can cause massive crises is when companies keep personal financial records of their customers and employees on a central data base. Hackers can have access to your private records this way and thus wreak havoc on an individual’s life or create huge legal issues for a company.

This is a highly destructive consequence of communication on the Internet to businesses and organizations. Many hackers try to crack networks simply to see if they can do it. Ironically, high defense systems and virus scanners provide the same challenge that results in the actual hacking attempts.

Improvements in technology spur advancements in organization’s sites therefore increasing the temptation of hackers to figure them out. Avoidance of crisis due to hacking is difficult because privacy is not easy to maintain on such an unregulated means of communication.

If you can find out who the hackers are, it might prove effective to meet with them and discuss their motivations. They may or may not be making a personal attack on the organization’s site and it can be resolved.

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