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Which Cybercrime Activity Worries You Most?


Laura Hazelip
Co-Proprietor, Windhomme Hill Bed & Breakfast

"Stalkers, perverts, people invading my children's life on the Internet. I've tried to impress upon them they don't know who they're talking to in these chat rooms, but they're trusting and they give out information without knowing it."

John McEvoy
Owner, St. Louis Dispersing Corp.

"We're expanding our online services all the time, and in doing so we have concerns about hackers coming in, transferring the funds. Every time you add a new online service or access a new service, your first priority is protection against hackers and viruses. The Internet is advantageous every way you look at it, but outside sabotage is always in the back of your mind."

Alicia Rice
Telemarketer, CompUSA

"I don't know which is worse, someone messing with my credit or a stalker, and I speak from personal experience. Credit-card tampering -- there goes your credit. You can dispute it, but that may take years to correct. The chat-room schizo guy, after I got up the nerve to meet him, I had to get a restraining order against him. Now he's not allowed to come near me, call me, page me or even e-mail me."

Timothy Menard
Instructor, Pilates Center, COCA

"I'm seeing some of this hacker stuff as an existential assertion of individual freedom. When my own bank account gets sucked dry, then I'll be pissed, but if it's directed against state institutions and corporations, which have too much power anyway, if they find a little crack in the seam, blow that apart, that's cool."

Robert Tochterman
Internet Strategist, Ralston Purina

"I think the media tends to overblow these events. Because it's hot and sexy, everybody wants to hear about the Internet, so when a couple hackers bring down Yahoo! and eBay, it's big news. My concern is that the government will overreact and create legislation that will inhibit the growth of the Internet. So far it's been relatively unencumbered, and you have to take the good and the bad with that."

Mel Harlston
Claims Negotiator, Kodner, Watkins, Muchnick & Dunne

"Perpetrating crime that you're going to benefit from seems logical, but planting viruses that destroy other people's hard work -- to just do that because you can -- seems unbelievably malicious."

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