Computer Crime in a Digital Age

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Computer Crime in the Digital Age |



Jane Doe |

December 5, 2012 |

Jane Doe

Professors Name

Introduction to Computer Information Systems

15 March 2013

Computer Crime in a Digital Age

In today’s world the use of the internet and other digital media is ever increasing. The internet in many ways is relatively new, and every day the numbers of users increase. Not only are individuals fascinated with the internet, but businesses and much of our government is virtually becoming paperless. With this increase of internet use there is potential for computer crimes.

Computer crime prevalence is continuing to grow and at an extremely fast pace. Computer crimes can be described as the unauthorized access, sabotage, theft of data, or theft of services. He states that within cyber space there is more criminal activity that most organizations would like to admit. The purpose of the author is to identify the current trends in computer security intrusions, determine why they are not being fully reported, and to discuss a primary source that is available to law enforcement to punish those who have been are guilty of computer crimes.

According to Roberts’ article there is a broad definition of computer crime. The Department of Justice describes computer crime as "any violations of criminal law that involve a knowledge of computer technology for their perpetration, investigation, or prosecution" Roberts states that “true” computer crime, which does not include computer-related crrimes, usually involves any or all of the following:

• Unauthorized access of computer systems, (e.g., hacking or cracking)

• Damaging computer systems (sabotage), (e.g., virus, worm, denial of service)

• Theft of data, (e.g., intellectual property)

• Theft of services, (e.g., computer time) (National White Collar Crime Center, 2003)

Within the article Roberts takes a look at a cyber crime survey that is conducted annually, which is utilized by many organization including the...