Information IS the Target

High-tech criminals are targeting digital data. Note that these criminals generally don't “steal” information in the traditional sense, since stealing means to deprive the rightful owner of property. These criminals are interested in unauthorized access, to copy, alter, or delete the data. Altering and deleting data are clearly crimes, because these things were changed. However, if the high-tech criminal is just copying the data, and the original is left intact and unaltered, the rightful owner was not deprived of their property. So if copying is not technically stealing, it is still immoral at best and in some cases against the law.

Copying copyrighted songs or movies over the Internet is a form of high-tech crime. ...

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