How much damage can a Hacker cause?

At a minimum, a Hacker gaining access to a PC and its data is an affront to personal privacy. In the worse case, it could lead to identity theft, the #1 growing crime in America. It doesn’t take much to become a victim, a lost Social Security number or credit card. Because it’s a relatively new crime, people really aren’t sure how to prevent it, or how to deal with it once they become a victim. The average identity theft victim spends about $800 on out-of-pocket expenses according to Identity Theft Resource Center and 175 hours of personal time recovering your identity.