with the development of technology it is now difficult to imagine life without computers. They are a source of information, education and entertainment, but today's world of computers can also be quite frightening and dangerous. This is because of people who use computers for illegal purposes. The are called Hackers.
Hackers spend thier time playing with computer data in all parts of cyberspace. Many of thier activities are not dangerous but sometimes they break the law for example, when they break into websites, take control of other people's computers or create viruses. They are especially in breaking through the security of military websites.
Hackers know how to trick people using thier computers. The introduce a ''Trojan Horse'' a programme that looks perfectly safe but actually containes something destructive. If you open it because it looks like a normal e-mail or a game you are in trouble.
Although the punishment can be serious if they get caught most hackers still think that thier activities are a game. They often meet at festivals to take part in discussion, share thier experiences meet other hackers and generally have a good time. These meetings are organised in well-known places like Las Vegas or Berlin. However, what the hackers do at such festivals is a secret and often many of thier activities take place at night.
Recently, hacking has started to increase. Hackers are getting into computer systems and stealing or destroying information. It is certain that there will be a lot more of this high-tech crime in the 21 century...