Legal Consequences of Hacking into Another Person’s Computer
As we’ve seen with Gary McKinnon, the legal consequences of hacking a big network are considerable; hacking your neighbour might not be personally devastating, but it would be immoral.
Of course, the legal consequences of hacking into another person’s PC depend entirely upon detection. Even if your victim suspects an attack, it is likely that they won’t know where it originates from unless they are specialists in the field of network security. As such, you would be hacking risk-free unless you were careless.
But you would also be guilty of a crime, whether caught or not. Morally, this behaviour would be wrong.
For safe, police- and litigation- free hacking, the use of a second computer with its own internet connection (perhaps via a tethered mobile device) as a target for hacking could prove a bigger challenge than your neighbour or colleague. By setting up your own defences, you will learn how to protect against intelligent attacks.
Read more about Ethical Hacking to understand legal ways to use your skills.