Every evening's newscast is replete with thefts that are committed with a gun, knife or other lethal weapon. Rarely does the lead news story address the criminal's newest, and perhaps most effective theft weapon: the computer. Granted, a criminal's use of a computer does not strike fear in our hearts the same way a sawed-off shotgun might, but the real monetary damage that can be inflicted by these machines far exceeds any take a criminal could obtain by the use of a shotgun. For example, only recently, a group of Russian computer hackers stole $10 million from Citibank by invading its allegedly secure computer network.
George J. Moscarino & Michael R. Shumaker, Changing Times, Changing Crimes: The Criminal's Newest Weapon and the U.S.'s Response, 16 Penn St. Int'l L. Rev. 567 (1998).