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A Study of Online Predators
Ivy Tech Community College
David De La Cruz
December 4, 2012
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I have chosen to my term paper on Cyber Crime. I chose this topic because I myself have been a victim of this malicious crime in the past. With knowledge I can warn others. Cybercrime can only be described as illegal activity committed ...view middle of the document...
These include attacks against computer data and systems, identity theft, the distribution of child sexual abuse images, internet auction fraud, the penetration of online financial services, as well as the deployment of viruses, Botnets, and various email scams such as phishing.( INTERPOL 2012) The global nature of the Internet a
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allowed criminals to commit almost any illegal activity anywhere in the world, making it essential for all countries to adapt their domestic offline controls to cover crimes carried out in cyberspace. The internet, along with its advantages, has also exposed us to security risks that come with connecting to a large network. Here are a few examples of the types of Cybercrime:
I. Financial Claims:
• This would include cheating, credit card frauds, money laundering etc.
II. Cyber Pornography:
• This would include pornographic websites; pornographic magazines produced using computer and the Internet (to down load and transmit pornographic pictures, photos, writings etc.)
III. Sale of illegal articles:
• This would include sale of narcotics, weapons and wildlife etc., by posting information on websites, bulletin boards or simply by using e-mail communications.
IV. Online gambling:
• There are millions of websites; all hosted on servers abroad, that offer online gambling. In fact, it is believed that many of these websites are actually fronts for money laundering.
In the past, cybercrime has been committed by individuals or small groups of individuals. However, we are now seeing an emerging trend with traditional organized crime syndicates and
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criminally minded technology professionals working together and pooling their resources and expertise. This approach has been very effective for the criminals involved. In 2007 and 2008 the cost of cybercrime worldwide was estimated at approximately USD 8 billion. As for corporate cyber espionage, cyber criminals have stolen intellectual property from businesses worldwide worth up to USD 1 trillion. Even more distressing and difficult to combat is the fact that some in the media portray the computer criminal as a modern day Robin Hood. Nothing could be further from the truth. ( cybercitizenship.org) Many smaller businesses find themselves vulnerable to cyber thieves, mainly because they have limited budgets for Web security and few or no technology experts on staff. "Small businesses feel like they're immune from cybercrime, and they're wrong. They are absolutely on the list of potential targets of cybercriminals," said Larry Ponemon, chairman of the Ponemon Institute, a privacy think tank in Traverse City, Mich. The average U.S. data breach cost companies $194 per compromised record last year, he added. About 72% of the 855 data...