A Closer Look at Ethical Hacking and Hackers

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Executive Summary

Due to the advance technology of the Internet, the government, private industry and the everyday computer user have fears of their data or private information being comprised by a criminal hacker. Hacking is not only widespread, but is being executed so flawlessly that the attackers compromise a system, steal everything of value and completely erase their tracks within 20 minutes. Because of criminal hackers, ethical hacking is rapidly becoming an accepted business practice. This paper will define ethical hacking, list some of the commonly use terms for attackers, provide a list of the standard services offered via ethical hacking to combat attackers, discuss the three common group of hackers and the top 10 most famous hackers.

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