Mark, Bletchley asked:
Do hackers leave a trail?
Steven - Itís very hard not to leave a trail with your breaking into a computer system. Some hackers will try to cover up what there is, but thereíll generally be something left over.
Ross - Well, even although there's a trail, the problem is doing anything about it and the root problem in the UK is that back in 2005, the home office agreed that frauds should in future be reported not to the police, but to the banks. This had the effect of reducing the fraud figures to near zero. It also had the effects of removing the police incentives to look into the problem.
Chris - Indeed. Oh, dear! Thatís an important aspect in terms of who actually claims the credit for discovering this.
It depends on the quality of the hacker. Every thing you do leaves a trail; a log. But that trail doesn't have to point to you. I suppose a knowledgeable hacker would first hack into someone else's router before attempting to do anything stupid. The best foolproof method to hacking is using a disposable, sanitized laptop from a wifi hotspot. Schema, Mon, 15th Jul 2013
Agree - everything leaves a trail of some sort - most hackers get caught eventually so I guess there must be a trail for the authorities to follow. JSparkle, Fri, 16th Aug 2013