Will Hackers Unite and Take Over?

Wednesday, 24 July 2002, 7:06 PM EST

How many hackers does it take to break into a supposedly secure Web site and wreak havoc on the wired world? Just one.

How many security experts does it take to track down that hacker ? That is a more difficult question to answer.

New laws against hacking will carry stiff penalties, including life in prison. All well and good, if you can catch the culprit.

But computer security is not an exact science, and while some hackers have been stopped in their tracks, most remain free to repeat their performances.

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