Computer crime

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Computer Crime:

The Crime of the Future

English II

6 April 1996

Computer Crimes

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...