Computer hacking is difficult to define. Computer hacking always involves some degree of infringement on the privacy of others or damage to computer-based property such as files, Web pages, or software. The impact of computer hacking varies from simply being simply invasive and annoying to illegal. Federal law defines computer hacking as intentionally accessing a computer without authorization or exceeding authorization in order to access restricted information.
For more information from the federal government about hacking and cyber crimes, visit the FBI Cyber Investigations website, or the US Department of Justice Computer Crime & Intellectual Property Section website.
Protect Your Computer
Install security software and check for updates every few weeks or so. Stay alert for unusual activity on any of your accounts. Set secure passwords for your email and other online services, and always use a secure connection when accessing the Internet wirelessly.