Computer Crime Laws... What you need to know now!
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Introduction:Laws are established for many crimes. Theft is as old as the bible and sanctions against it are also as old. But computer hacking, a new crime only some 50 years old at most, is being seen as a break and enter.1 It still has to be defined in comparison to existing crimes. It is really an invasion of privacy. The Canadian Criminal Code section 342.1 prohibits accessing a computer without authorisation. The question is does this law work and are those breaking this law getting the right punishment?
History: Bruce Sterling, a computer writer, traces computer hacking back to the pranks that telephone switch boys used in 18782. Many histories of computer crime start with phone freaking as the precursor to hacking. Phone freaking is stealing long distance phone calls or other phone tricks which defraud the phone company in a minor but clever way . There are books such as Approaching Zero that give a history for hacking......
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