The content of this article is backed up by a news item on the BBC this morning. It deals with major cyber attacks in the past few hours. Quite a coincidence. DW 04/08/11
The problem with LulzSec and other ‘hackers’
(or 'crackers'. Yes, I know the term 'hacker' is used variously! Here, I'm using it to describe those who gain entry illegally to computers via the internet, and manipulate or steal data from there. Technically, 'cracker' would be a better term, but in popular parlance, a hacker is a cracker. 'Hackers' can be the good guys.)
A major organisation gets hacked, and there’s a great outcry. There are times when I secretly enjoy the discomfort of some corporations or government bodies that have done things I don’t like and now find their secret data in the hands of people they don’t know and often can’t touch.
How much does it cost to combat cyber crime or government hacking? Billions, maybe more. And I haven’t even mentioned the knock-on effects and the cost of those. Just look at what started as a major natural disaster as in March 2011 in Japan and the multi-billion dollar cost, and start multiplying.