I was on myspace.com the other day and was appaled at the number of young people interested in hacking into other people's sites. They even suggested getting a software called keylogger.
Oddly enough, keylogger is easily obtainable as a free download and there are thousands of sites offering it under the category surveillance and security software.
It allows a person to track keyboard behavior and desktop behavior and I was surprised at how easily I can use it to monitor my own computer as well as other people's.
The legal ramnifications are not clear as to the liabilities and consequences of hacking and there are very few cases relating to it.
Most of us know hacking as people who ruin websites with trojans and viruses and so forth. My websites was once hacked with a domain hijacking and I was weary of people who would go to lengths to ruin people's day. There are many companies who create and design anti-spyware and thank the lord for Norton antivirus and McFee to block all the hacking efforts.
The FBI supposedly uses keylogger and other spyware to spy on known criminals and I can understand how it can be used on the right side of the law. But on the wrong side of the law or unethical uses by “black hat" users it can have a devastating effect on a website owner.
I just hope that there are enough people out there to know that hacking is unethical if not illegal and hope there are technologies to prevent unauthorized use of the internet. It's bad enough for most of us marketers trying to stay on the good side of the spam laws without worrying about hackers.
Norman Dreamer has 2 websites http://www.MidnightFantacy.com and http://wxyz.0moola.com .