pngiconHacking has been around for more than a century. There is no official definition of a hacker, rather a vague idea. At first “hacker” was a positive term for a person with a skill of computers who could push programs beyond what they were designed to do.

It all began in the 1960s at MIT, origin of the term “hacker”, where extremely skilled individuals practiced hardcore programming in FORTRAN and other older languages. Some may ignorantly call them “nerds” or “geeks” but these individuals were, by far, the most intelligent, individual, and intellectually advanced people.

In the 1970s, “Captain Crunch” devised a way to make free long distance calls and groups of phone hackers, later called “phreakers” emerged.

During the early 1980s, the term “cyberspace” is coined from a novel called “Neuromancer.” A group called the “414s” is one of the earliest hacker groups to ever get raided by the FBI and they get charged with 60 computer intrusions.

During the 1990s, Kevin Mitnick is arrested after being tracked down by Tsutomu Shimomura. The trials of Kevin Mitnick were of the most publicized hacker trials in hacker history.

In 2000 the ILOVEYOU worm, also known as VBS/Loveletter and Love Bug worm, is a computer worm written in VBScript. It infected millions of computers worldwide within a few hours of its release. It is considered to be one of the most damaging worms ever.

As hackers and time progressed, hackers found ways to exploit holes in operating systems of local and remote machines. Hackers serve a useful purpose in that they make companies take action and be responsible for their laziness and lack of organization.

Weather you are protecting your company or home computer, it is important to keep ahead of the hackers and what their latest schemes are. You can do simple things to protect your family and business such as, keeping your computer updated and having a computer software protection. As a mother of 4 and a business owner, it is important for me to stay up to date and protect my family and business. Daily Safety Check has created a software to protect your home and business from these threats.KC DSC 24x36