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NCJ Number: 158312 Find in a Library
Title: Crime on the Information Highway
Journal: Gazette  Volume:57  Issue:10  Dated:(October 1995)  Pages:22-24
Author(s): C Hannaford
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 3
Type: Report (Technical)
Format: Article
Language: English; French
Country: Canada
Annotation: Criminals are able to take advantage of new information technology to commit crimes and wreak havoc on unsuspecting computer operators because millions of computer systems are now connected to each other worldwide through the information highway.
Abstract: Access to the Internet allows a user to access a computer system virtually anywhere in the world. If the user has the proper password or authorization code, he or she can view all files in that computer system. Computer criminals can use the Internet and other systems, and computer and telecommunication technologies are also being used in the commission of more traditional crimes. For example, pornography is easily distributed over computer links; when this is done on an international level, traditional customs inspection procedures are completely circumvented. Recognizing the many emerging issues in information technology that relate to criminal investigations, the Prevention of Crime in Industry Committee of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police convened a workshop on the topic of technological crime issues. That workshop resulted in seven recommendations to prevent computer-related crime in the information technology age.
Main Term(s): Computer related crime; Science and Technology
Index Term(s): Computer privacy and security; Crime prevention measures; Data security; Databases; Foreign crime prevention; Fraud and abuse prevention measures; Information Systems and Technology; World criminology
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