The Crime of the Future
6 April 1996
Explosive growth in the computer industry over the last decade has made new
technologies cheaper and simpler for the average person to own. As a result, computers
play an intricate part in our daily lives. The areas in which computers affect life are
infinite, ranging from entertainment to finances. If anything were to happen to these
precious devices, the world would be chaotic.
There is a type of person that thrives on chaos, that is the malevolent hacker.
Some hackers act on revenge or just impersonal mischievousness. But whatever their
motives, their deeds can be destructive to a person's computer. An attack by a hacker not
only affects the victim, but others as well.
One case involving a notorious hacker named Kevin Mitnick did just that. Mitnick
is a very intelligent man. He is 31 and pending trial for computer fraud.
When he was a
teenager, he used his knowledge of computers to break into the North American Defense
Command computer. Had he not been stopped, he could have caused some real national
defense problems for the United States (Sussman 66).
Other 'small time' hackers affect people just as much by stealing or giving away
copyrighted software, which causes the prices of software to increase, thus increasing the
price the public must pay for the programs.
Companies reason that if they have a program that can be copied onto a disc then
they will lose a certain amount of their profit. People will copy it and give to friends or
pass it around on the Internet. To compensate, they will raise the price of disc programs.
CD Rom programs cost more to make but are about the same price as disc games.
Companies don't loose money...