Computer Crime: An Overview Essay by RightRiters

Computer Crime: An Overview
A discussion of the actions that can contribute to the offense known as computer crime and what can be done.
# 23617 | 1,379 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Apr 17, 2003 in Law (Business) , Computer and Technology (General) , Criminology (General)

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This paper examines the issues related to computer crime. Computer crime is defined as mean crimes that can't exist without computers such as forgery and pornography. It looks at how it is a serious problem for business and industry, how commercial entities have to be continually vigilant the most current ways they can protect themselves from computer crime.
What is computer crime?
Real computer crimes. Can't exist without a computer.
Altering websites
Disabling or impairing function of website
Unauthorized use
Viruses, Trojan horses, worms, etc.
Forged email or bulletin board posts
Malicious attacks on a person's character (libel)
Pseudo-computer crimes. Can be done with or without a computer.
Child pornography
How widespread is it?
Examples of crimes:
Who commits these crimes?
?A disgruntled employee
?computer voyeurs?
Laws regarding computer crime
There is wide variation in state statutes on computer crime in the USA
Traditional criminal law in the USA places a great deal of emphasis on willful or intentional conduct
Inadequate enforcement
FBI?s role
Conclusion: need for continued vigilance

From the Paper:

"Computer crime is a serious problem for United States businesses. The computer Security Institute does yearly surveys and has found that 90% of those who responded to their survey experienced security breaches within the last year, resulting in loss of in come in four out of five cases. A little over 50% of the respondents revealed how much money they had lost, and it came to nearly $455 million. Most of the businesses found their internet connection the most frequent attack site, but 33% reported attacks on their internal computer systems 91)."

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