Computer Crime

It\'s the weekend, you have nothing to do so you decide to play around on your
computer. You turn it on and then start up, you start calling people with your
modem, connecting to another world, with people just like you at a button press
away. This is all fine but what happens when you start getting into other
peoples computer files. Then it becomes a crime, but what is a computer crime
really, obviously it involves the use of a computer but what are these crimes.

Well they are: Hacking, Phreaking, & Software Piracy. To begin I will start
with Hacking, what is hacking. Hacking is basically using your computer to
"Hack" your way into another. They use programs called scanners which
randomly dials numbers any generating tones or carriers are recorded. These
numbers are looked at by hackers and then used again, when the hacker calls up
the number and gets on he\'s presented with a logon prompt, this is where the
hacking really begins, the hacker tries to bypass this anyway he knows how to
and tries to gain access to the system. Why do they do it, well lets go to a
book and see "Avid young computer hackers in their preteens and teens are
frequently involved in computer crimes that take the form of trespassing,
invasion of privacy, or vandalism. Quite often they are mearly out for a fun and
games evening, and they get entangled in the illegal use of their machines
without realizing the full import of what they are doing", I have a hard
time believing that so lets see what a "hacker" has to say about what
he does "Just as they were enthraled with their pursuit of information, so
are we. The thrill of the hack is not in breaking the law, it\'s in the pursuit
and capture of knowledge.", as you can see the "hacker" doesn\'t
go out to do destroy things although some do. It\'s in the pursuit of knowledge.

Of course this is still against the law. But where did all of this start, MIT is
where hacking started the people there would learn and explore computer systems
all around the world. In the views of professional hacking is like drugs or any
other addictive substance, it\'s an addiction for the mind and once started it\'s
difficult to stop. This could be true, as hackers know what they are doing is
wrong and they know odds are they will be caught. But as I mentioned some
hackers are just above average criminals, using there skills to break in banks
and other places where they can get money, or where they can destroy
information. What a hacker does at a bank is take a few cents or even a few
fractions of a cents from many different accounts this may seem like nothing but
when all compiled can be alot. A stick up robber averages about $8,000 each
"job", and he has to put his life and personal freedom on the line to
do it while the computer hacker in the comfort of his own living room averages
$500,000 a "job". As for people destroying information, this is for
taking some one down, destruction of data could end a business which for some is
very attractive. It can cost a company thousands of dollars to restore the
damage done. Now that you have an understanding of what a "hacker" is,
it time to move on to someone closely associates with a hacker. This is a Phreak,
but what is that. For the answer we turn to the what is known as the
"Official" Phreakers Manual "Phreak [fr\'eek] 1. The action of
using mischievous and mostly illegal ways in order to not pay for some sort of
telecommunications bill, order, transfer, or other service. It often involves
usage of highly illegal boxes and machines in order to defeat the security that
is set up to avoid this sort of happening. [fr\'eaking] v. 2. A person who uses
the above methods of destruction and chaos in order to make a better life for
all. A true phreaker will not go against his fellows or narc on people who have
ragged on him or do anything termed to be dishonourable to phreaks. [fr\'eek] n.

3. A certain code or dialup useful in the action of being a phreak. (Example:
"I hacked a new metro phreak last night.")" The latter 2 ideas of
what a phreak is, is rather weird. A Phreak like the hacker likes to explore and
experiment, however his choice of exploring is not other