THESIS: Laws must be passed to address the increase in the number and types of
Over the last twenty years, a technological revolution has occurred as computers
are now an
essential element of today's society. Large computers are used to track
reservations for the airline
industry, process billions of dollars for banks, manufacture products for industry,
major transactions for businesses because more and more people now have computers
and at the office.
People commit computer crimes because of society's declining ethical standards more
economic need. According to experts, gender is the only bias. The profile of
non-professional thieves crosses all races, age groups and economic strata.
tend to be relatively honest and in a position of trust: few would do anything to
human, and most do not consider their crime to be truly dishonest. Most are males:
tended to be accomplices, though of late they are becoming more aggressive.
tend to usually be "between the ages of 14-30, they are usually bright, eager,
adventuresome, and willing to accept technical challenges."(Shannon, 16:2)
"It is tempting to liken computer criminals to other criminals, ascribing
'normal' individuals, but that is not the case."(Sharp, 18:3) It is believed that
the computer criminal
"often marches to the same drum as the potential victim but follows and
path."(Blumenthal, 1:2) There is no actual profile of a computer criminal because
they range from
young teens to elders, from black to white, from short to tall.
Definitions of computer crime has changed over the years as the users and misusers
have expanded into new areas. "When computers were first introduced into
crime was defined simply as a form of white-collar crime committed inside a
Some new terms have been added to the computer criminal vocabulary. "Trojan Horse
is a hidden
code put into a computer program. Logic bombs are implanted so that the perpetrator
have to physically present himself or herself." (Phrack 12,p.43) Another form of a
hidden code is
"salamis." It came from the big salami loaves sold in delis years ago. Often people