Does crime pay more on the Internet?

Friday, 30 August 2002, 2:06 AM EST

Crime on the Internet, as opposed to crime in the physical world, generally does not involve physical danger or high risk of exposure - but does it pay more? The Internet's tentacles reach deeply into almost all facets of business and personal life, leaving companies and consumers vulnerable to attack and making it easier for criminals to remain anonymous.

Eric Hemmendinger, an analyst at the Aberdeen Group, told NewsFactor: "The number of people who are currently walking around on the streets with bad intentions and the capability [to commit crime] far exceeds the number of people who can do the same on the Web."

At the same time, Hemmendinger said, "with the right know-how, somebody can achieve a lot more in a lot shorter period of time [on the Web] with no physical danger."

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