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Risks Posed by Crackers
Your system is at risk of not only compromise, but also destruction. Once the cracker has root access, he literally owns your system. Some crackers are just plain mean- spirited and want to cause damage. Some damage is caused by a cracker who feels as if he is about to be caught, and he destroys the system or parts of it to cover his escape. Many damage or destroy systems through ignorance. They are not truly technical, and they don't know their tools. A good backup plan, while not directly security-related, is crucial to recovering from an attack.