Computer Crime

Computer Crime

Computer Crime

In line with James R. Doyle & Rob D'Ovidio

about Computer Crime in the Encyclopedia of Law Enforcement:

Definitions of computer crime have evolved to reflect the increased use of computers in society. Early definitions describing computer crime as a type of white-collar crime reflect the limited availability and use of computers prior to the development of the personal computer (PC). Criminal activity connected to early computers generally involved economic and large-scale financial frauds related to an offender's employment responsibilities or attempts to access protected information. In the United States of America, the investigation of these early computer crimes (there is more information about criminal law in the American Legal Encyclopedia and about crimes and criminals vocabulary) fell, primarily, under the jurisdiction of the military investigative services or federal law enforcement agencies such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Secret Service. The development of the PC and the commercialization of the Internet transformed the computer from a tool used by skilled employees within government agencies and large corporations to a tool used by the public-at-large.

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