Thursday, October 25, 2007

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Unethical Society

Question: "What can we can do to make illicit computer-related activity a less attractive pursuit for young people?"

Answer: “There are about four reasons why we have crime to begin with. One of them is, of course, that we live in an extremely unethical society. We live in a society that doesn’t teach ethics at home, a society that doesn’t teach ethics in school because the teacher would be accused of teaching morality. We live in a society where you can’t find a four-year college course on ethics. ... So today you have a lot of young people who have no character, no ethics, and they find no problem in defrauding somebody or stealing from somebody or cheating somebody. Until we change that, crime is just going to get easier, faster, more global, harder to detect.

I really think the more technology there is in the world, the more you have to instill character and ethics. You can build all the security systems in the world; you can build the most sophisticated technology, and all it takes is one weak link — someone who operates that technology — to bring it all down...

You need to bring character and ethics back into schools. You need to bring it back into colleges and universities as part of a curriculum.”


- Frank Abagnale, former con man, current law enforcement fraud training expert. From Computerworld.Com, here.

Or perhaps, in the home.

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