Roaming Hi-Tech Pirates

While big-league computer crooks are a problem for banks and major corporations, another small-time level of thievery is also growing. VisiCalc, a computer program that is widely used by small-and medium-size firms for making budgets and other company planning, is the best-selling program for personal computers. In addition to the sales, however, thousands of people are copying the program, which retails for $250, onto blank diskettes that cost only about $4. For every authentic version of VisiCalc, there are an estimated 1½ illegal, copied ones. Said Daniel Fylstra, chairman of VisiCorp, which developed...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!