The Best Laid Plans: An Assessment of the Varied Consequences of New Technologies for Crime and Social Control1

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					The Best Laid Plans: An Assessment of the Varied Consequences of New Technolo...
James M Byrne
Federal Probation; 
				
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Description: Cyber threats confronting the United States emerge from two distinct areas: (1) traditional criminal activity that has migrated to the Internet, such as fraud, identity theft, child pornography, and trade secret theft; and (2) Internet facilitated activity, such as terrorist attacks, foreign intelligence threats, and criminal intrusions into public and private networks for disruption or theft. FBI Strategic Plan, 2004, as summarized in Byrne and Rebovich, 2007:5) It appears that advances in both hard and soft technology have resulted in new opportunities for crime (through the internet), new forms of criminality (e.g. Internet scams, sex crimes on the Internet), new techniques for committing crimes (e.g. computer software programs, pirating, and extortion; the use of tasers as weapons in robberies), and new categories of offenders and victims (such as online predators, and identity theft victims.
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