Two comments on word usage in this essay:
I originally wrote this essay in May 1999.
Journalists play an important role in this deterrence by reportingon the crime (and how people were harmed), arrest, trial, andsentence of the guilty criminals.
There are three major classes of criminal activity with computers:
However, thereappear to be no reported court cases in the USAthat have decided this issue.
There is another remedy in civil law, besides damages awardedin tort litigation:a victim can get a temporary restraining order (TRO),then an injunction,that enjoins continuance of wrongs(e.g., disclosure of proprietary or private data)that will cause irreparable harm or for which there isno adequate remedy at law.
One of the functions of the criminal justice system is to crime by other people.