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NCJ Number: 119327 Find in a Library
Title: Computer Crimes (From Prevention and Prosecution of Computer and High Technology Crime, P 3.1-3.113, 1989, Stanley S Arkin et al. -- See NCJ-119326)
Author(s): S S Arkin; B A Bohrer; D L Cuneo; J P Donohoe; J M Kaplan; R Kasanof; A J Levander; S Sherizen
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 113
Sponsoring Agency: Matthew Bender and Co, Inc
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Type: Issue Overview; Legislation/Policy Description
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This analysis of Federal and State laws and judicial decisions related to computer crimes focuses on offenses dealing with the abuse of hardware, the misappropriation of computer software, and wrongful access to computers.
Abstract: The discussion focuses on the destruction or theft of hardware, mail and wire fraud, the misappropriation of Federally protected software, and the Federal protection of software as intellectual property. It also considers software crime under general State laws, the transfers of software by telephone, interstate transactions involving theft by computer, illegal access of computers to obtain information, illegal access to gain free computer time, and Federal and State law related to computer hacking. The discussion notes that computer crime is difficult to detect because of the lack of physical activity or personal interaction involved. It also notes that much detected crime often is unreported due to companies' reluctance to admit managerial shortcoming. Furthermore, reporting computer crime does not always result in prosecution. Thus, the full extent of computer crime is unknown. Computer crime has been addressed through the use of longstanding criminal codes and through the enactment of new laws. Footnotes.
Main Term(s): Computer-related crime legislation
Index Term(s): Computer abuse; Computer related crime; Federal Code; State laws
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