Within a few seconds of opening the Youtube Browser, I did a quick search and came up with this video. “How To Hack a Computer.” Described as only for “educational” purposes, this video gives you a run-through on some basic hacking techniques. It is really this simple to become a seasoned hacker.
This video is more of a start-up on hacking, more advanced hacking tactics can be found by simply scrolling more in the search on youtube. But the fact that anyone can learn how to commit a crime so easily and undetected is amazing. Along with this video, anyone can easily find a video on masking your IP address by sending your signals through many different locations hiding where one truly is. This is basically the easiest crime to get away with.
Nothing you do on the internet is a secret, once your computer opens a browser and type in a link, a record of that is kept somewhere. Every facebook status, every game you play, and, even scarier, every time you purchase something online, there is a record of it somewhere. The facebook stuff is less important because most people want to be heard by someone on Facebook and if they see your status, it’s a good thing. But when someone can see your credit card number, address, and name, not such a good thing.
This video, along with millions of other ones, can teach basically anyone with internet access how to hack Amazon.com to get into their records of purchases and steal your numbers. So Amazon.com goes through a secure server, https:// usually, making it much more difficult for someone to do so. But when you’re dealing with an experienced hacker, such as the group known as Anonymous, this is easy to get by.
Anonymous is a hacking-based activist group, known as “hacktivists”, this link provides some basic background information on the group Anonymous, although hacking to obtain civilian credit cards isn’t quite their goal. Anonymous hacks against anything they feel is unjust that higher authorities attempt to do. The first example being a Scientology video starring tom Cruise was leaked into Youtube. The church asked youtube to remove due to copyright issues and Anonymous didn’t like that idea. They responded by hacking into the churches systems, swarming their offices with prank phone calls and faxes and taking sensitive church information and making it public. Soon enough, protest groups against the church began rising, all wearing the Guy Fawkes masks from V for Vendetta.
Suddenly, hacking is a serious game. I’m not saying there all learned how to hack from youtube videos, but most likely their knowledge came from either online media or meeting hackers online and learning from them. While I personally agree with many of the things they do and stand for, they may go a little overboard at times especially as far as the government is concerned. Hacking can range from a misdemeanor to a felony, depending on what the persons intent was and what they actually accomplished. Hacking into your friends computer to write “you suck” in paint probably won’t get you in trouble. Hacking into the Church of Scientology to release their secrets is border-lining felony, combined with everything else Anonymous has done to date, it is definitely felony.
So why no just shut them done? If only it was that easy. By sending ones signal through many different severs and proxy servers in different areas, even countries, around the world, can make it almost impossible to find out where it originally came from. Chances are, they hacked into someones else’s WiFi and used their IP address to perform their hack. So someone can hack into your WiFi, use your WiFi and hack into any given company, once inside steal money, secrets, passwords, or credit cards numbers get away cleanly and when the authorities go through and find out where it came from? They come knocking on your door, take your computer, and try to charge you with felony hacking. All from watching youtube.