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Most popular viruses and hacking tools

Here are 2004's most popular hacker tools, viruses, remote tools, adware, spyware, Trojans and worms. Hackers and spammers use all the latest software security holes, worms and Trojans to attack many businesses and trick Internet users into revealing their personal and financial information. These constant attacks on private and public systems have become more than just a nuisance -- they've become an overwhelming financial burden, 10 billion dollars. Listed below are the most commonly used programs hacker tools, key loggers, RAT: (remote administration tool), spyware, spyware cookies, Trojans, and worms from the year 2004.

Top 10 hacker tools

Hacker tools are programs written to access a computer system using known software vulnerability. Most of these programs have been written and are freely distributed from 'Hacker' web sites. Some of these programs were written for legitimate uses and are abused as a hacking tool.

Top 10 key loggers

Key loggers, like the name suggests, are programs that record keystrokes from the computer keyboard and either logs it to the computer or sends it to its maker through a built in e-mail engine. Key logging allows a prospective hacker to gain access to the user name, passwords, and even ID numbers entered into sensitive online bank accounts or passwords to remote control programs. Listed below are the top key loggers reported.

Top 10 RATs (remote administration tool)

RATs are remote administration programs that have been embedded into an unsuspecting victim's computer. This is the most dangerous of all hacking tools as it allows complete and total control of the infected computer.

Top 10 spyware

Spyware as the name suggests is software that is embedded on a computer and records passwords, Internet visits, cookies and can sometimes control computers services and remotely execute commands. There are many computer programs offered on the Internet for free that have hidden Trojans with spyware embedded in them. Remember, nothing is really as free as it may seem, there is always a hidden price. Listed below are 10 of the most common spyware programs:

Top 10 Trojans

All Trojans are hidden programs that are disguised within another program. This is the largest example of 'freeware' software that has another agenda. It should be stated that most 'freeware' is perfectly legitimate and is contributed freely by the author with good intentions. However, there are still other 'freeware' in the mix that is distributed intentionally and unintentionally for the sole purpose of gaining access to your computer system. Sadly, paranoia is the safest bet if you want to keep out unwanted intruders. Unfortunately, this isn't always effective when there are programs that enter on their own. Below are 10 of the most common Trojan programs.

Top 10 worms

Many worms use Microsoft Outlook or Outlook Express to propagate. These types of e-mail "Worms" have an attached file that has to be clicked open to be installed. These types of worms typically have a file with a double extension, such as (NAME.BMP.EXE or NAME.TXT.VBS). These extensions are Windows executable files that install a program on your computer. These programs can be remote control programs, spyware, key loggers or any software used maliciously by a dark hacker. Additional extensions are VBS, SHS, BAT, EXE, CMD and PIF.



Computer people have put aside hacking digital locks, and are trying their hand at Steel Bolt Hacking. The book, Steel Bolt Hacking by Douglas Chick of the popular geek Web site, The Network Administrator.com has become so popular that in September it was #7 on Amazon's Top 10 Bestsellers list. The book, independently published by Chick, teaches computer people how to legally and ethically pick locks, crack combinations, and talks about lock picking events around the world.

The popular computer person's Web site, www.TheNetworkAdministrator.com is crammed full of humor, articles about working in the computer industry, and tech news that is updated on the hour. The site discusses issues from the affects of overseas outsourcing to silly things like what a network administrator can do with pesky end-users, a bucket of mad bees, and a nine-pound ping hammer. You will discover the most popular tools used by hackers, interviews from people that help drive the Internet, and questions answered by The Fix-it-Fairy.

This was first published in February 2005

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