computer crime

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computer crime

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Breaking the criminal law by use of a computer.

See also computer ethics, software law.
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The 15-year-old computer criminal has pled guilty to a slew of felony charges.
The computer criminal was traced through painstaking work af ter the girl went missing from home.
Businesses spend millions on CCTV, security guards, and sophisticated alarms systems for their premises but none of this offers any protection against the computer criminal.
The 22-year-old computer criminal - who was jailed in January for creating the world's third most destructive computer virus - writes updates for his Devil Within website via his brother Adam.
Only after the appearance of the movie Wargames in 1983, in which Matthew Broderick portrays a teenager with a modem who breaks into Defense Department computers and almost starts World War III, did the term come to mean someone who was a computer criminal.
Following descriptions of various types of crimes, a profile of the computer criminal, and ways to detect and deter the problem, suggestions are offered for small business owners and managers in preparing for the possibility of this serious threat to their companies.
This is not without good cause - the first ever detected case this summer of credit card fraud over the Internet was not a sophisticated computer criminal - it was a Dublin teenager who ordered chocolate confectionery worth US$1,500 from a Web site in the US.
Company officials do not know why the Secret Service found this game a threat to real-world computers, since it contains little information that could actually help a present-day computer criminal.
In the wake of increase in computer crimes, Congress in 1980 passed a bill making unauthorized acts in, around or with a computer criminal activities subject to prosecution and punishment.
A gunman and his weapon must be physically present at the teller's window to rob the bank, but a computer criminal may be thousands of miles away from the computer that is attacked.
The computer criminal was traced af ter the girl went missing from her home in Clackmannanshire.
The computer criminal bypassed the phone company's security measures, gaining access to more than 3,000 accounts.