old crimes, new bottles…

To borrow the famous expression from David Wall, here is another example of how crime can be resilient and take new shapes with a new name: wi-fi piggybacking or the unauthorised use of electronic communications, just to get free access (but what if it goes further by the way?)
http://news.zdnet.co.uk/communications/0,1000000085,39290850,00.htm
with an update on December 14th 2007 http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20071214/150940.shtml

And the emergence of botnets, showing how one cannot help using new technology for our old crime of fraud…
http://news.zdnet.co.uk/security/0,1000000189,39290694,00.htm
and http://news.zdnet.co.uk/security/0,1000000189,39291184,00.htm (30 November 2007)
and Stephen Fry’s article (yes, humour does not prevent knowledge of technology!!) http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2007/nov/17/stephenfry.security

More dramatic is the case of this girl in the US who committed suicide after what might be considered as harassment from a fake character in Facebook. The case is exploding all our concept of victim and perpetrator… http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20071210/005356.shtml (10 December 2007)

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About Audrey Guinchard

Senior Lecturer @ University of Essex (UK)
This entry was posted in Offences - Fraud, Offences - Hacking (unauthorised access), Offences - Harassment. Bookmark the permalink.

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