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Computer crime started in the early 1970s and has become more and more prevalent Some computer crime are committed by outside individuals that hack into a computer system These are the people that usually steal data and cause data loss by vandalism The most common kind of computer crime is espionage committed by people who work for a company but this is also the one that you rarely hear about They usually enter false data that will end up making money for them Hackers are the worlds new bread of criminals and will soon pose a major threat to the US Because America has become largely a computer society everyone is at risk experts say and should protect information about themselves such as credit card numbers Bowers 54G14 Armed with a computer rather than a gun hackers who say theyre doing the world a favor by pointing out security loopholes have a slew of ways to break the law White 67c11 Computer crime becomes a larger and more prevalent issue as there is more value to criminally gain and the stakes raise in the hackers ego game Only seventy five computer crime prosecutions were reported in the United States in 1986 according to the National Center for Computer Crime Data in Santa Cruz Calif By 1989 that number jumped to 500 prosecutions Computer crimes that year cost businesses and banks - and ultimately consumers - about 500 million As the use of computers has increased so has their criminal misuse Bowers 54g13 Computers are used to obtain credit card numbers which are then used to order thousands of dollars worth of whatever the hackers want In recent years individual outlaws and entire gangs have broken into computers all over the US using their wits and wiles to pilfer and destroy dataBehar p62 In a case of a 14 year old high school freshman who was convicted of using stolen credit card numbers to order thousands
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