The Internet

Essay by Anonymous UserUniversity, Master'sA-, September 1996

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The Internet: Heaven or Hell?

While in a discussion session in my English 101 class, the professor read aloud to the class an article in a magazine about the security breeches on the Internet. The article talked about how nearly every two out of three people that 'hack' (a term on the Internet and computer world meaning breaking into another person's computer) into the government's computers succeed. Three out of four that do succeed are never caught. This is a major security breach. The article claims that hackers can easily access extremely important information or data. This does not only happen on the government's computers but businesses, corporations, non-profit organizations, and more. Only computers running certain software, which allows users on the internet access to their information, are susceptible to hackers. A majority of hackers do not affect anything important; although, only the most knowledgeable and experienced hackers can affect anything important, if they do manage to access and change information, it is normally quickly remedied.

People hack for various reasons on the Internet. A majority of hackers break into secure places just to be able to say, 'I broke in there.' This is a bragging right among the hackers' world. The tighter the security on the site, the more they are able to brag about being able to break into it. The Pentagon is a favorite place of hackers. Hackers figured that this would be like the Fort Knox is to thieves. The Pentagon is one of the most insecure places on the Internet. Every two out of three people that try to break in, accomplishes the small feat; although, they never get to any of the important information. The computers at the Pentagon that hold secure, important data are not even connected to the...