HACKERS ON THE NET
Hackers are very serious about forbidden knowledge. They are possessed not merely by curiosity, but by a positive lust to know.
---Bruce Sterling---

WEAPONS | DEFINITIONS | BREAK-INS | LOST SITES
MAGAZINES | WEBSITES | NEWS ARTICLES

--- Final Paper -+- Timeline -+- Presentation ---


The Hackers on the Net website was created to explore the effect of Hackers on the Internet specifically with the concerns the development of internet Commerce.

Hackers prove to be a great threat to the development of internet commerce. Numerous breaks into networks, transfer of funds, and intrusion into confidential information, have made hackers a serious drawback to monetary transactions on the net.

Attempts by the government to combat hackers from around the world has not been successful. Hackers are a major security factor for all commercial applications. With the number of monetary traansactions jumping from 38 per day in 1985 to 1.2 million per day in 1993, the potential for computer hackers has grown enormously.

An average $800 billion is transferred among partners in international currency markets every day; about $1 trillion is transferred daily among U.S. banks; and an average $2 trillion worth of securities are traded daily in New York markets.
---Roger C. Herdman---
The amount of money being transferred today is at least ten times the above figures from 1993. As the general population becomes adept in computer technologies, more individuals will find ways to earn a living off other people's electronic transactions, bank accounts, and stock options.


This website was created in conjuntion with:

  1. Impact of New Information Resources: Multimedia and Networks, INFOSYS 296A, [local version]
    School of Information Management Systems
    University of California Berkeley
    Fall 1996.

  2. Protection of Digital Information, INFOSYS 290 [local version]
    School of Information Management Systems
    University of California Berkeley
    Fall 1996.

  3. Professor Howard Besser [local version]

HACKER WEAPONS

Hacker weapons are usually software programs consisting of digital bits.
LOGIC BOMB
Software code which usually destroys or rewrites data and files by "detonating" at a specific time or when certain instructions are executed.
SNIFFER
A program which eaves-drop on commercial transactions and other communications. Usually used to steal credit card numbers, account numbers, and passwords.

WORMS
A piece of software which copies itself continuously. This self replicating process consumes disk and memory resources eventually causing the system to crash.


DEFINITIONS


FAMOUS BREAK-INS


HACKER MAGAZINES


HACKER WEBSITES


NEWS ARTICLES


LOST SITES

The following sites were valid in October 1996, but not at the end of November 1996 when this website was checked for valid links. Many of the sites had hacking programs that could be downloaded by any web browser.

Shailen S. Mistry / December 1996 / Comments