The Future of Computer Crime in America...

Essay by Brandon RobinsonHigh School, 11th gradeA-, October 1996

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The proliferation of home computers, and of home computers equipped with

modems, has brought about a major transformation in the way American society

communicates, interacts, and receives information. All of these changes being

popularized by the media and the wide increased personal and private sector use of the

Internet. All of these factors plus the fact of more and more business and government

institutions are jumping to make the use of these services has put a much wider range of

information at the finger tips of those, often select and few individuals whom know how

to access, understand and use these information sources. Often times today this

information is of a very sensitive and private nature on anything from IRS Tax returns, to

Top Secret NASA payload launch information. Piled on top of that many times the

individuals accessing these information sources are doing so by illegal means and are

often motivated by deviant and illegal means.

It is said that at any given time the average

American has his name on an active file in over 550 computer information databases of

which nearly 90% are online, and of the 550 databases the number comes no where close

to how many time your personal information is listed in some database in an unactive

file. The 'Average American' could simply sit in his/her home doing nearly nothing all

day long and still have his/her name go through over 1,000 computers a day.

All of these vast information files all hold the crucial ones and zero's of data that

make up your life as you and all others know it. All of these data bits, at the hands

100,000's of people. With little or NO central control or regulatory agency to oversee the

safe handling of your precious little ones and...