E-shot in the terroristís arm

Monday, 15 December 2003, 1:20 PM EST

THE rapid growth of the Internet over the last decade while providing boost to connectivity and communications in its varying manifestations has also contributed in a big way to the spread of crime. Because the security aspect of the computer network active in the cyberspace is far from foolproof, hackers can easily get hold of data to perpetrate fraud.

The potential growth areas of cyber crime include virus-writing, hacking and auction fraud. According to an expert on Net security, fraudsters can easily reprint credit cards using the numbers pillaged during manual swipes and use it for transactions that appear quite legitimate on the face of it. The culprit remains incognito, hence, untraceable.

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