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What is your opinion: should more or less resources be used to deal with computer crimes?

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kc76384 | Valedictorian

Posted March 20, 2013 at 4:05 PM via web

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What is your opinion: should more or less resources be used to deal with computer crimes?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 20, 2013 at 4:12 PM (Answer #1)

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It is hard for me to say because I do not know the relative amount of resources being spent on computer crimes as opposed to other kinds of crimes.  I also believe that this would be very different for a small town police department as opposed to, for example, the FBI.  That said, I think that computer crime is becoming more important and might need to have more resources devoted to it.  However, much of this will need to be done at the federal level.

As computers and the internet become more and more important, people are more vulnerable to computer crime.  This is particularly true of things like identity theft and, on the corporate level, corporate espionage.  These are things that can be damaging to individuals, to companies, and to the country as a whole.  Therefore, law enforcement needs to be vigilant about such crimes.

However, if is very rare for people in the same city to be committing computer crimes against one another.  It is much more common for such crimes to be conducted across state or even national boundaries.  Therefore, enforcement probably needs to be at the federal, and not the local, level.

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