Digital highwaymen

Technology hit the headlines for the wrong reasons again last week, as a gang of British software pirates who characterised themselves as latter-day Robin Hoods found themselves in jail. The convictions underlined the perception that cybercrime is on the up, a feeling exacerbated by a recent attempted £220-million (about R2,5-million) hacking raid on the Sumitomo Mitsui bank in London, which garnered Mission Impossible headlines. But despite the Hollywood-style imagery generated by such crimes, and the fact that these offences are on the increase, not all of it is as hi-tech as it might appear…

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