Smart thieves leave RAM, amateurs step in

The margin went out of stealing RAM chips at the end of last year with the collapse in memory prices towards the end of 1996 leading smart thieves away from SIMMs.

Rising numbers of home PCs may have helped cause the flash fire in RAM theft according to security experts. "Employers have detected memory chips disappearing from work and haven't been able to trace the culprits," said Mike Heylin of Circle Security, a maker of PC security hardware. "In talking to emplyers, we believe the increase in chip theft has been a result of more domestic users going on the Internet and needing to increase their memory to download entertainment software."

An exhibition focusing on computer security, Infosecurity 1997 will be held at London's Olympia from April 29.

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