Computers and Crime

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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
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They also point out that, while the computer networks and the results are a new kind of crime, they are protected by the same laws and freedom of any real world domain. "A 14-year old boy connects his home computer to a television line, and taps into the computer at his neighborhood bank and regularly transfers money into his personnel account."(2600:Spring 93,p.19) On paper and on screens a popular new mythology is growing quickly in which computer criminals are the
'Butch Cassidys' of the electronic age. "These true tales of computer capers are far from being futuristic fantasies."(2600:Spring 93:p.19) They are inspired by scores of real life cases. Computer crimes are not just crimes against the computer, but it is also against the theft of money, information, software, benefits and welfare and many more. "With the average damage from a computer crime amounting to about $.5 million, sophisticated computer crimes can rock the industry."(Phrack 25,p.6)
Computer crimes can take on many forms. Swindling or stealing of money is one of the most common computer crime. An example of this kind of crime is the Well
Fargo Bank that discovered an employee was using the banks computer to embezzle
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