Penn State International Law Review

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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.