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The Dark Side of Technology$
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Peter Townsend

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198790532

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198790532.001.0001

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Technology, the New Frontier for Crime and Terror

Technology, the New Frontier for Crime and Terror

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The Dark Side of Technology

Peter Townsend

Oxford University Press

Electronic communications have made cybercrime simple, profitable, and safe for the criminals. Hence there is a rapidly rising crime rate from theft of money and goods, fraud, unauthorized access to personal data, industrial information, espionage, and extremely profitable examples of bank robbery. In parallel with the criminal activities, there are government invasions of privacy and hidden control of computer systems and/or espionage. Parallel activities by terrorist groups are numerous and rapidly increasing. The entire Internet system is fragile against such activities. Medical records can be accessed, home appliances controlled by mobile, and both personal tracking and monitoring, car location, or even taking control of the performance of cars and planes are feasible. The types of electronic crime are increasing and it is a boom industry.

Keywords:   theft, espionage, fraud, robbery, personal tracking, medical records, terrorist

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