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PC Perps by David Stone PC Perps Near the end of the Vietnam War two college students break into a bank computer using the colleges computer and transfer 25000 from the Grand Old Party National Committees account into the Black Panthers One of the students is caught arrested and prosecuted the other gets away Sneakers In 1983 a high school student uses his home computer to try and steal some gaming software from a California vendors mainframe and ends up in the Pentagons missile control system supercomputer WarGames One eleven-year-old boy creates a computer virus on his homemade computer and crashes 1507 systems in 1988 The resulting damages to systems cause the stock market to drop seven points He is later caught and given probation until his eighteenth birthday during which time he is not allowed to own or operate a computer or touch tone telephone His parents are fined 45000 Hackers Using a cellular telephone a laptop computer and access to his companys mainframe a man while sitting in his car cracks into a police departments mainframe and changes a womans police record to give her a false arrest report The Net What do all of these incidents have in common First all of them were crimes committed using desktop or laptop computers referred to as personal computers PCs Second none of them are true All of these happenings took place in one movie or the other but are being used to illustrate one of the many points in this paper Truth is stranger than fiction This research is going to describe four crimes possible using a PC It will also deal with people who are committing these technocrimes and how they can be stopped The research will explore which machines corner the market in computer crime by comparing IBMs compatible and clones with Apple Macintosh Mac Finally what does the future of computer crime hold for the PC To limit
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