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Computer Crime The Crime of the Future English II 6 April 1996 Computer Crimes Explosive growth in the computer industry over the last decade has made new technologies cheaper and simpler for the average person to own As a result computers play an intricate part in our daily lives The areas in which computers affect life are infinite ranging from entertainment to finances If anything were to happen to these precious devices the world would be chaotic There is a type of person that thrives on chaos that is the malevolent hacker Some hackers act on revenge or just impersonal mischievousness But whatever their motives their deeds can be destructive to a persons computer An attack by a hacker not only affects the victim but others as well One case involving a notorious hacker named Kevin Mitnick did just that Mitnick is a very intelligent man He is 31 and pending trial for computer fraud When he was a teenager he used his knowledge of computers to break into the North American Defense Command computer Had he not been stopped he could have caused some real national defense problems for the United States Sussman 66 Other small time hackers affect people just as much by stealing or giving away copyrighted software which causes the prices of software to increase thus increasing the price the public must pay for the programs Companies reason that if they have a program that can be copied onto a disc then they will lose a certain amount of their profit People will copy it and give to friends or pass it around on the Internet To compensate they will raise the price of disc programs CD Rom programs cost more to make but are about the same price as disc games Companies dont loose money on them because it is difficult to copy a
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