Crackdown on Computer Capers

Companies scramble to safeguard their electronic brains

For American businessmen, the computer has become both an indispensable tool and a constant source of trepidation. Wherever they turn, executives are warned how vulnerable their computer systems are to embezzlements or thefts of trade secrets. In an episode of the new TV series Simon & Simon, a 14-year-old boy connects his home computer to a telephone line, taps into the computer at his neighborhood bank and regularly transfers money into his personal account. In the current film Rollover, a New York banker pilfers secret information from...

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