The rapid growth of the Internet and computer technology over the past few years has led to the increase in new form of crime – cybercrime – throughout the world. Cybercrimes are responsible for the interruption of normal computer functions and have been known to cause the downfall of many companies. This research paper aims to discuss following aspects of cybercrimes: the definition, who they affect and some cybercrime prevention procedures. Broadly speaking, this report will display all necessary information helping people avoid being victims of ...view middle of the document...
The purpose of this research paper is to educate people who do not know about cybercrimes. Understanding the threat of cybercrimes is a very pertinent issue because technology holds a great impact on our society. Cybercrimes is growing every day because of the lack of knowledge to the general public of how they can protect themselves against such threats that cybercrimes poses. This research paper will discuss several aspects of cybercrimes including defining the term, who is affect and how to avoid cybercrimes.
2. Discussion of findings
3.1. What are cybercrimes?
Currently, when people talk about cybercrimes, they may not understand the extent of these crimes. Crime itself is defined as “engaging in conduct that has been outlawed by a particular society” ( ) and cybercrime is “a crime committed using a computer and the Internet to steal a person’s identity, sell contraband, stalk victims or disrupt operations with malevolent programs” ( Definition of cybercrimes). Moreover, there are some different views about the definition of cybercrimes. While Search Security defined cybercrimes as “ for any illegal activity that uses a computer as its primary means of commission. The U.S. Department of Justice expands the definition of cybercrime to include any illegal activity that uses a computer for the storage of evidence.” ( ), Bukisa considered it as “It is this access to the technical specifications of how the Internet and Internet technologies are implemented that allows an attacker to subvert systems, networks and the Internet for their own ends.” ( ) . Simply, cybercrimes are any type of illegal activity that makes use of the Internet, a private or public network and in-house computer system (www.wisegeek.com). This includes anything from downloading illegal files to stealing millions of dollars from online bank accounts. Additionally, cybercrimes also includes traditional crimes conducted through the Internet ( ). For example, hate crimes, telemarketing and Internet fraud are considered to be cybercrimes when the illegal activities are committed through the use of computer. Because cybercrimes cover such a broad scope of criminal activity, it is becoming more and more dangerous and may be the latest and the most complicated problem in the cyber world. While computers and the Internet have made our lives easier in many ways, it is unfortunate that people also use these technologies to take advantage of others. The modern thief can steal more with a computer than with a gun and tomorrow’s terrorist may be able to do more damage with a keyboard than with a bomb ( National Research Council, 2009). The potential harm of such crime to humanity can hardly be amplified. Cybercrimes can threaten to undermine the growth of future generation as also leave horrible scars and injure on the future generation if it is not controlled.
3.2. What are the effects of cybercrimes?
3.3.1. Potential economic impact