Computer Crime Is Increasing

A report discussing the proposition that computer crime has increased
dramatically over the last 10 years.

Computer crime is generally defined as any crime accomplished through special
knowledge of computer technology. Increasing instances of white-collar crime
involve computers as more businesses automate and the information held by the
computers becomes an important asset. Computers can also become objects of crime
when they or their contents are damaged, for example when vandals attack the
computer itself, or when a "computer virus" (a program capable of altering or
erasing computer memory) is introduced into a computer system.

As subjects of crime, computers represent ...

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cases were reported in 1958, computers have been used for most
kinds of crime, including fraud, theft, embezzlement, burglary, sabotage,
espionage, murder, and forgery. One study of 1,500 computer crimes established
that most of them were committed by trusted computer users within businesses i.e.
persons with the requisite skills, knowledge, access, and resources. Much of
known computer crime has consisted of entering false data into computers. This
method of computer crime is simpler and safer than the complex process of
writing a program to change data already in the computer.

Now that personal computers with the ability to communicate by telephone are
prevalent in our society, increasing numbers of crimes have been perpetrated by
computer hobbyists, known as "hackers," who display a high level of technical
expertise. These "hackers" are able to manipulate various communications
systems so that their interference with other computer systems is hidden and
their real identity ...

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one of the factors common to most of them is that they all copy
themselves (or parts of themselves). Viruses are, in essence, self-replicating.

We will now consider a "pseudo-virus," called a worm. People in the computer
industry do not agree on the distinctions between worms and viruses. Regardless,
a worm is a program specifically designed to move through networks. A worm may
have constructive purposes, such as to find machines with free resources that
could be more efficiently used, but usually a worm is used to disable or slow
down computers. More specifically, worms are defined as, "computer virus
programs ... [which] propagate on a computer network without the aid of ...

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Added: 11/10/2004 02:42:00 PM
Category: Computers
Type: Free Paper
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