Computer crime in the future (as predicted in 1981)

Graham Cluley
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I was sent a link to this marvellous article on the Paleo-Future blog about a book which predicted the future of computer crime.. in 1981.

Here is the double page spread from “School, Work and Play (World of Tomorrow)”:

Click the above image to see a larger version, and read the text.

I love stuff like this. It reminds me of my childhood, reading the latest episodes of “The Trigan Empire” in “Look & Learn” magazine, and contemplating that I would actually be alive to see the year 2001..

But boy! Doesn’t this just prove what a hard job it is to predict the future?

As computers are used more and more, it is likely that computer crime will become increasingly difficult to carry out.


Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the cybersecurity industry, having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of cybersecurity, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter, Mastodon, Bluesky, or drop him an email.

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