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Online Data, Hacking of

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Hacking of online data means obtaining unauthorized access, by way of computer intrusion, to information stored in any device accessible to others via the Internet. Intrusion could come in many forms, but often occurs as a result of lost or stolen login credentials obtained by hacking a web server, installing malware like viruses or trojans that steal information from a victim’s computer, or through the use of so-called phishing e-mails that trick an individual into giving up his or her login credentials to an attacker. Devices targeted for attack include web servers, personal laptop or desktop computers, or digital storage devices owned and operated by the victim or a third party. A digital storage device owned and operated by the victim could include ...

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