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Chapter 17. Data Security > Determining What Is a Crime

Determining What Is a Crime

There are different degrees of computer crime, from breaking into other people's computers in order to steal or sabotage data to making illegal copies of software to give to a friend. All of it is wrong.

Probably the most often committed offense is theft of computer time. It ranges from the innocent borrowing of someone's computer without permission to the theft of computer time from a business for personal use and gain. Theft of computer time—especially involving large computers, such as one running an office network—can easily translate into a theft of money. Besides the theft of time, unauthorized use of a computer also involves unnecessary wear and tear on the equipment and software.


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