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It’s dangerous to be a hacker!

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Engaging in hacking can not only lead to arrest and prison—it can also be a life-threatening activity for cybercriminals. We know of many hackers who were in their prime and died unexpectedly and under mysterious circumstances.

For example, at the end of eighties, a group of German hackers led by Karl Koch penetrated the network of some US institutions and allegedly stole source codes of the military operating system. It was claimed that Koch was a link in the chain of individuals who transferred that data to the KGB. He died before he was tried: in 1989 his burnt bones were found in a forest near Celle. Police declared his death a suicide.

Later 23, a movie based on that story, was produced―Koch died on May 23 at the age of 23.

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Surely, the career of a talented programmer must take another direction.

  • When programming, remember the legal consequences for engaging in unlawful acts in this arena.
  • A hacker is not just a highly skilled IT specialist: this person uses "computer programs or other computer information that is deliberately designed to engage in the unauthorized destruction, blocking, modification, and copying of computer information or the neutralization of computer information security (Article 273 of the CRIMINAL CODE of the Russian Federation); consequently, this person is a criminal and is criminally liable.

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