I originally wrote this essay in May 1999.

Of course, there is always the possibility that a computer voyeur will"accidentally" bumble around an unfamiliar system and cause appreciabledamage to someone else's files or programs.

There are three major classes of criminal activity with computers:

Experts in computer security, who are  attorneys,speak of

Unauthorized changing of data is generally a fraudulent act.

My long discussion of a few famous malicious programs is in a separate, emphasizes thenonexistent or weak punishment of the authors of these programs.

This is called a denial of service () attack.

The distribution of viruses via the Internet permitted a much morerapid epidemic, so that more computers could be infected in a shortertime than when floppy disks were used to spread the infection.

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Each attack lasted between one and four hours.

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It doesn't take a great deal of sophistication to do."

Since 2000, authors of malicious programs use resources readily available on the Internet to create a "new" computer virus or worm, or launch a denial of service attack.

In issuing the sentence, Judge Gilles Ouellet commented:

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Unauthorized UseUnauthorized use of computers tends generally takes the following forms:

99-432 (1986), 1986 U.S.C.C.A.N.

Journalists play an important role in this deterrence by reportingon the crime (and how people were harmed), arrest, trial, andsentence of the guilty criminals.

The traditional laws were no longer adequate topunish criminals who used computer modems.

This is not the worst kind of computer crime.

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Victims of such attacks include various U.S. Government agencies,including the White House and FBI.

The following is one case involving a famous series of DoS attacks:

And when hackers are publicly praised as geniuses, the wrong message is sent to serious students in computer science who behave ethically and who are ignored by journalists, despite the fact that the students are both smarter and more ethical than hackers.