Cybercrime can be defined as “Offences that are committed against individuals or groups of individuals with a criminal motive to intentionally harm the reputation of the victim or cause physical or mental harm, or loss, to the victim directly or indirectly, using modern telecommunication networks such as Internet, computers and mobile phones”. Cybercrime may threaten a person or a nation’s security and financial health.
Cybercrime is crime that uses a computer and computer network. There are many types of cybercrimes. These include doxxing, hacking, copyright issues, cyberterrorism and fraud. Many countries have laws against many types of porn such as twincest, fauxcest, child porn, bestiality and others. Some other actions can also be illegal such as cyberbullying, spying, child grooming or hebephilic behavior. Some governments have agencies that deal with computer crimes.
As technology advances and more people rely on the internet to store sensitive information such as banking or credit card information, criminals increasingly attempt to steal that information. Cybercrime is becoming more of a threat to people across the world. Raising awareness about how information is being protect and also the tactics criminals use to steal that information continues to grow in importance.
According to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center in 2014, there were overall 269,422 complaints filed. With all the claims combined there was a reported total loss of $800,492,073. But cybercrime does yet seem to be on the average person’s radar. Furthermore there are 1.5 million cyber-attacks annually, that means that there are over 4,000 attacks a day, 170 attacks every hour, or nearly three attacks every minute, with studies showing us that only 16% of victims had asked the people who were carrying out the attacks to stop. Anybody who uses the internet for any reason can be a victim, which is why it is important to be aware of how one is being protects while online.
Computer crime encompasses a broad range of activities:
- Financial fraud crimes
- Computer as a tool
- Obscene or offensive content
- Online harassment
- Drug trafficking