Computer crimes are terrorism of the present day. Everything from Website attacks, viruses, and cyber sex. People have even been charged for rape over the internet. Government computers have been an easy target for hackers for decades. According to Defense Information Systems Agency’s data, the military may have experienced about 250,000 attacks in 1995 with 2/3’s of the intrusions being successful. Typically fewer than one percent of the attacks were detected.
During the Gulf War in 1991
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Hackers want to cultivate an online reputation. If most hacker’s bragging has a kernel of truth, then cyber espionage and cyber terrorism is a frightening and real threat. The first documented computer virus was “Brain”, developed by two young Pakistani men in 1987. It was probably the first international computer virus although not designed to be damaging. One month later at the University of Pennsylvania, another virus surfaced and it was intentionally destructive.