Computer Crime

Essay by Chris DeckHigh School, 11th gradeA+, April 1997

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Ever since I got my first computer. I have enjoyed working on them. I have learned a tremendous amount of trouble shooting. With my recent computer I have come across computer crime. I got interested in hacking, prhreaking, and salami slicing. But before I go to far, I need to learn more about it like the consequences? One question in mind is what crimes are their and what kind of things you can do with them? I would like to find out why people do thesis things? I would also like to learn the laws against all computer crime?


Today's computer society has brought a new form of crime. There are those 'hackers' who break their way into computers to learn the system or get information. I found out in the book Computer Crime written by Judson, Karen: That 'Salami Slicers' steal small amounts of money from many bank customers this adding up to a great deal of money.

I also read about phone phreaks more known as 'Phreakers.' They steal long distance phone services. Phreakers commit many other crimes against phone companies.

In the book Computer Crime it states, most people commit thesis crimes, because they where carious and wanted to explore the system. All they want to do is exploit systems not destroy it. It is purely intellectual. I know one reason is that is can be very rewarding. Hackers are drawn to computers for the aninymity they allow. They feel powerful and can do anything. Hackers can be there own person out side the real world.

I found out Arizona was the first state to pass a law against computer crime, in 1979. In 1980 the U.S. copyright act was amended to include soft ware. I found out that in 1986 a

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