The informed reader will agree that it is very difficult to obtain hard facts regarding computer fraud. The literature contains many articles quoting one or two of the primary studies discussed below. One of these studies of computer related crime is the SRI project, which has been underway for over ten years. This study has resulted in the publication of numerous reports during the last ten years (3,4,8), plus a number of articles (6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16). The SRI project includes statistics from some 700 to 800 cases of computer crime. Unfortunately, for privacy and confidentiality reasons, the complete details of these cases are not readily available to the interested researcher. The National Computer Centre in Manchester, England is developing a case file similar to SRI's. The Caulfield Institute of Technology in Australia also has a file of computer crime cases. Another source of cases is the National Center for Computer Crime Data in Los Angeles. The General Accounting Office (17) produced a study of sixty-nine cases of improper use of computers within Federal Goverment agencies about ten years ago.
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