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NCJ Number: 134254 Find in a Library
Title: Computer Crime: A Technology Gap
Journal: International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice  Volume:15  Issue:1 and 2  Dated:(Spring/Fall 1991)  Pages:285-297
Author(s): J A Fagin
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 13
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A review of current industrial practices, litigation trends, and the growing use of computer data banks and networks leads to the following conclusion about computer crime: data security and integrity are frequently compromised by lax security practices and operating procedures.
Abstract: Frequently the perceived but erroneous assumption that the inherent difficulty of the computer operating system will detour would-be violators is the only security a system has. This article describes methods commonly used to attack data bases and operating systems. The conclusion is that computer crime is an international phenomenon and investigation and prosecution are complex matters. For example, an examination of the copyright laws as they relate to computer crime indicates that there are frequent violations. International violators of the copyright laws frequently distribute bootleg copies of software worldwide. The article concludes that there is a gap between technology and law in the field of computer crimes. International cooperation is needed to define copyright laws and promote investigation and prosecution of international violators. (Author abstract)
Main Term(s): Computer related crime
Index Term(s): Copyright laws; Data security; International cooperation
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