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Australian attitudes toward legal intervention into hacking


The Australian public seems to have a characteristic response to computer crime. It is worth giving some anecdotal evidence to support this statement. During fieldwork [1-5], respondents were quizzed regarding their reasoning for their responses to the criminality of hacking. Some results are given here in response to the social attitudes of Australians towards reporting evidence of the enactment of computer crimes (see Table 1). This is in support of Thompson's [12, 13] and others' claims that relatively few computer crimes are, indeed, reported to the police in Australia (see also [9]).

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