Magazine article Corrections Forum

Prisoners' Computers Used to Break Law

Magazine article Corrections Forum

Prisoners' Computers Used to Break Law

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National Post An internal report by Canada's chief correctional agency has concluded that some inmates are using personal computers to draft escape plans, commit fraud, and produce fake identification. The Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) report warns current levels of inmate computer access could lead to effective hacking of the correctional agency's computer network. As a result of these findings, the Correctional Service has banned all inmates from obtaining computers while allowing those already with computers to keep them. The CSC report concludes that "there is a clear and present danger to CSC's infrastructure and ability to deliver its mandate." The report catalogues 644 security incidents related to inmate-owned computers during the past five years, and raises concerns that inmates could use computers to erase files or implant viruses. …

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