Computer security expert gives advice on protection from hackers

    Date03 Oct 2000
    CategoryHacks/Cracks
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    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    The driving force for hackers usually isn't malice, but rather curiosity. Most hackers are young males, and some are harmless. It's the so-called "crackers" who are more malicious. However, a distinction between the two usually isn't made except in hacker culture.. . . The driving force for hackers usually isn't malice, but rather curiosity. Most hackers are young males, and some are harmless. It's the so-called "crackers" who are more malicious. However, a distinction between the two usually isn't made except in hacker culture.

    Corporate computer systems are susceptible to hackers for a variety of reasons, Noer said. For one, when most people install software -- now raise your hands if you've done this -- they opt for the defaults as opposed to customizing. Hackers are familiar with systems, so using defaults just makes a hacker's job easier.

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