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8 Types of Hackers on the Internet

During its infancy, cybercrime was really more of a novelty than an actual threat. Young hackers would write harmless viruses that would display a funny message or break into supposedly secure systems just to poke around. However, as the internet began to grow throughout the world and change the way that people and organizations interact, those with the propensity and ability began to fully realize the power that they could hold over an increasingly digital world. Today, hackers are anything but harmless. Acting alone or as organized groups, hackers have infiltrated the highest levels of government and defense, cost the United States and its civilians hundreds of billions of dollars, and destroyed countless lives. But what kind of people would dedicate their existence to such endeavors? Well, here’s a quick guide to the different kinds of hackers that operate in the world today. 1. State Sponsored Attackers Perhaps the most dangerous of the modern hacker groups are the state sponsored hackers. These are clandestine groups who are government funded and trained and exist to undermine the nations and countries that they consider to be their political enemies. These hackers are able to work as organized groups and to devote all...
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Malicious Intrusions Web Hosts Have to Deal With

Websites are under attack. In fact, according to what's reported, it seems like these attacks are happening now on a daily basis. And when it comes to who is behind them, perpetrators range from political activists looking to make a statement, to enterprising criminals hunting for soft targets and spammers after a quick buck. So what form can these attacks take? And what can be done by web hosts to mitigate the likelihood of an attack being effective? Denial of Service The most well-known of these intrusion attempts that web hosts have to deal with is the Denial of Service attack. A DOS attack is when a flood of service requests is sent from the attacking machine to the intended victim machine in order to prevent the victim machine from responding to genuine requests from legitimate machines on the network or internet. The flood of requests causes the victim machine to exhaust its resources in replying to these fake requests. Typically memory or CPU usage or band-width is the resource that becomes exhausted on the victim machine. But DOS also has a big brother DDOS. A Distributed Denial of Service attack is when multiple compromised machines act together to generate a...
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