Computers And Crime
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Computers and Crime
Computers and Crime
Computers are used to track reservations for the airline industry,
process billions of dollars for banks, manufacture products for industry, and
conduct major transactions for businesses because more and more people now have
computers at home and at the office.
People commit computer crimes because of society's declining ethical
standards more than any economic need. According to experts, gender is the only
bias. The profile of today's non-professional thieves crosses all races, age
groups and economic strata. Computer criminals tend to be relatively honest and
in a position of trust: few would do anything to harm another human, and most
do not consider their crime to be truly dishonest. Most are males: women have
tended to be accomplices, though of late they are becoming more aggressive.
Computer Criminals tend to usually be "between the ages of 14-30, they are
usually bright, eager, highly motivated, adventuresome, and willing to accept
technical challenges."(Shannon, 16:2) "It is tempting to liken computer
criminals to other criminals, ascribing characteristics somehow different from
'normal' individuals, but that is not the case."(Sharp, 18:3) It is believed
that the computer criminal "often marches to the same drum as the potential
victim but follows and unanticipated path."(Blumenthal, 1:2) There is no actual
profile of a computer criminal because they range from young teens to elders,
from black to white, from short to tall.
Definitions of computer crime has changed over the years as the users
and misusers of computers have expanded into new areas. "When computers were
first introduced into businesses, computer crime was defined simply as a form of
white-collar crime committed inside a computer system."(2600:Summer 92,p.13)
Some new terms have been added to the computer criminal vocabulary.
"Trojan Horse is a hidden code put into a computer program. Logic bombs are
implanted so that the perpetrator doesn't have to physically present himself or
herself." (Phrack 12,p.43) Another form of a hidden code is "salamis." It
came from the big salami loaves sold in delis years ago. Often people would
take small portions of bites that were taken out of them and then they were
secretly returned to the shelves in the hopes that no one would notice them
Congress has been reacting to the outbreak of computer crimes. "The U.S.
House of Judiciary
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