Byline: Macon Collyer GUEST COLUMNIST
Though not listed on any stock exchange, computer crime is unparalleled as a growth industry. The market for portable computers, for instance, has never been better.
Since 1991, the number of stolen laptop computers has increased more than fourfold - with Apple laptops leading the way. Apart from their black market resale value, portables provide an optimum way to pilfer programs and valuable corporate data.
Computer memory chips alone can be worth more than their weight in gold. The trade in stolen chips amounts to a $750 million nationwide annual business. And the numbers for the global market are anyone's guess.
Not only are computers and their components frequent targets of theft, they …