Abstract: The aim of this assignment is to evaluation of tools against hacking and cracking. Hacking and cracking is a big issue in Internet security now days. The report describe about the internet threats and how we can protect internet from hacking and cracking. It describe about most important tools available against internet hacking and creaking like antivirus softwares, firewalls and e-commerce trust and SSL (Secure Sockets Layer).
Hacking can be defined as unauthorized access of other people's computer systems for destroying or carrying out illegal activities on the network or computer systems. A cracker can be define as someone who breaks into someone else's computer system, often on a network by passes passwords or licenses in computer programs or in other ways intentionally breaches computer security. (searchsecurity.techtarget.com/sDefinition/0,,sid14_gci211852,00.html)
The first hackers mainly wished to gain access to systems not to damage them. The first hacker to be prosecuted in the United States was Pat Riddle.
Pat had been known to regularly gain unauthorized access to U.S. Department of Defense computers; a major problem to the security of the United States. He was arrested but could not be charged with anything relating to hacking because at the time there were no anti-hacking laws. To prevent similar problem in the future the computer and Abuse Act was passed in 1984.it provided a legal mean to prosecute hacker for certain things. http://www.pcmech.com/show/network/781/
Keeping a system secure means careful planning of a sound system that takes all threats into account. During this planning, you must keep dangers in perspective. Your danger from unknown outside threats is, in computers as in life, very remote. The big dangers are from those people you know and who know you. The important thing to remember about security is that all threats come from people...