Information technology, crime and the law

by Willis H. Ware

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In this paper, presented as the keynote speech at a National Issues Seminar on Computer Crime and Privacy at The Brookings Institution on November 10, 1982, the author discusses computer crime and abuse. He considers reasons for new legislation to deal with computer-related criminal acts at the federal level and suggests some questions whose answers might justify new federal laws. The last half of the paper discusses computer system security controls and measures that should be studied to ensure that computer systems are safe and cannot be tampered with.

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