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CISSP For Dummies, 4th Edition by Peter Gregory, Lawrence Miller

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Major Categories of Computer Crime

Computer crime consists of any criminal activity in which computer systems or networks are used as tools. Computer crime also includes crimes in which computer systems are targeted, or in which computers are the scene of the crime committed. That’s a pretty wide spectrum.

The real world, however, has difficulty dealing with computer crimes. Several reasons why computer crimes are hard to cope with include

check.png Lack of understanding: In general, legislators, judges, attorneys, law enforcement officials, and jurors don’t understand the many different technologies and issues involved in a computer crime.

check.png Inadequate laws: Laws are slow to change, and fail to keep pace with rapidly evolving new technology.

check.png Multiple roles of computers in crime: These roles include crimes committed against a computer (such as hacking into a system and stealing information) and crimes committed by using a computer (such as using a system to launch a Distributed Denial of Service attack). Computers may also support criminal enterprises, where criminals use computers for crime-related recordkeeping or communications.

Computer crimes are often difficult to prosecute for the reasons ...

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