There are many types of cybercrimes committed including fraud and scam, identity theft and also hacking via computer viruses or malware. A significant number of people become victims of online fraud and scam as a result of their lack of information about it and also through the process of sharing personal information. Frauds and scams usually involve deception so as to procure unlawful gain, most especially after trust is gained. In the UK alone, credit card fraud is estimated to have reached over £500 mill... ... middle of paper ... ...ts.com/emarketing.htm [Accessed 15 May 2014] • National White Collar Crime Center (2011). Criminal use of social media.
Cybercrime is a global issue plaguing the world. The dictionary defines cybercrime as “crime conducted via the Internet or some other computer network”(Merriam-Webster). The definition remains very broad because the word “cyber” is defined as “relating to the culture of computers, information technology, and virtual reality.” Due to the growing number of people gaining access to the internet, rapid development of technology, and the globalization of the world, more of the world population is becoming susceptible to involvement in cybercrime – whether it be as a victim or a criminal. Cybercrime involves different levels of the world on both the victim and criminal side from an individual citizen, to small groups, businesses, and the government, to the countries of the world. There are different groups from law enforcement agencies to the U.S. Secret Service, that are attempting to combat the problem through cooperation and preemptive efforts.
As the internet grows vastly the more dangerous it becomes to its users. With the new advances in technology cyberspace fraud has been increasing. These new advances have made the internet vulnerable to various kinds of e-commerce fraud. New techniques to detect and prevent cyber fraud have been developed to discover and prevent criminals before the fact, rather than after the damage have been done. Individuals and businesses should recognize each new cyber attack and make themselves aware of the consequences each attack can create.
Today, it could be said that users of the internet, are at more risk then than they ever have been. With our advancing technologies, and ever-evolving internet social culture it has made it increasingly easy for this concept we rely so heavily upon to be used not only for exploitation but also for criminal purposes. When we discuss aspects of internet security, there are many, many areas that could be studied. Being a regular IT user, and an area I am fluent in, I have a fairly strong opinion on which areas of internet safety I believe to be of more concern. “Cyber-bullying” involves the use of information and communication technologies such as e-mail, mobile phone text messages, instant messaging, defamatory personal web sites, and personal social networking sites to support deliberate, repeated, and hostile behaviour by an individual or group, that is intended to harm one person in particular.
Different Methods of Cybercrime and Their Effects on Modern Society The world we live in is more technologically advanced than ever before, with newer developments coming every year. Men, women, and children worldwide rely on the Internet for work, school, play, socialization, and any number of other reasons. Yet, despite the great advantages technology gives to us, with our increased reliance and connectivity comes an increased risk of crime, namely cybercrime (Department of Homeland Security, 2013). Cybercrime encompasses illegal activities conducted through a computer and the internet by a hacker (Webopedia, 2013). A hacker is not an average criminal in the sense that he or she will break into your house and steal your brand new HD TV.
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