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BLTC-9e Sample Answer for End-of-Chapter Hypothetical Question with Sample Answer Chapter 7: Cyber Crime 7.3 Hypothetical Question with Sample Answer Simon’s credit-card limit has been reached. He owes more than $10,000. Titan Credit Corp., the creditor, refuses to extend the time for payment. Using his extensive knowledge of software code, Simon appropriates from his home computer other computers to “break” into Titan’s network and alter figures in its database to indicate that his debt has been paid. Simon intends to “fix” the figures when he can actually pay the debt. What is the term for what Simon has done? Is this a crime? If so, which one? Sample Answer: The perpetrator in this set of facts is a hacker—someone who uses one computer to break into another. Computers can be hacked, or broken into, in
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Unformatted text preview: various ways to commit a multitude of crimes. In this problem, the hacker created a botnet by appropriating others’ computers to forward transmissions to the creditor’s system. Here, the crime of altering the figures to show that a debt has been paid is theft (wrongfully taking and carrying away another’s property with the intent of depriving the owner permanently of it). “Carrying away” can be done by any act that removes something of value from its owner’s possession, and the “property” may be any type of tangible or intangible item. In this problem, the hacker accomplished “carrying away” by altering the figures, and the property taken was the creditor’s right to receive payment....
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