Cybercrime: The new frontier of Crime

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Cybercrime

A Progress towards Crime

Cybercrime

A cyber crime is a criminal act committed using information and communication technologies.

Cybercrimes are often classified as computer crimes, but the term “cyber” has been used to describe many types of illegal activity that have no connection with computers or networks. The definition of what constitutes a cybercrime varies widely from country to country; in some countries it may include any form of fraud involving electronic communications, while other jurisdictions define cybercrime more narrowly by focusing

Types of Cyber Crime

Criminal activity on computers and networks can take place through several different methods. These include hacking into another person’s system, stealing data from others’ systems, using malware to infect people’s machines, sending spam email messages, phishing scams, identity theft, denial of service attacks, extortion, ransomware, botnets, and more.

Cyberterrorism

Terrorism has traditionally involved physical violence against people or property. However, since the advent of computers, terrorism can now involve attacks on networks, software, hardware, or even individuals through electronic means. Attacks include denial-of-service attacks, hacking into databases, defacing websites, sending spam email messages, phishing scams, and distributing malware such as viruses, worms, Trojan horses, spyware, adware, crime ware, rootkits, keyloggers, dialers, trojans ,etc.

Cyberextortion or Hacking

Hackers use software tools to gain access to secure websites, steal sensitive personal information, disrupt business operations, destroy property, and cause physical injury. Hackers can also create viruses, worms, Trojan horses, spyware, adware, rootkits, denial-of-service attacks, distributed denial of service attacks, spamming, phishing, keystroke logging, screen scraping, and various other malicious programs designed to compromise system resources, gather information, or perform some other function.

Phishing or Viruses

A virus is a program designed to replicate itself without permission from the user. It can cause problems such as deleting files or slowing down your PC. Viruses have been around since the early days of computing when programs were written directly into memory rather than being stored on disk.

There are many kinds of viruses. Some only affect one operating system while others will work across multiple platforms. The threat from cyber crime In recent years we have seen an increase in the number of attacks on government websites, banks, energy companies and other organisations that provide vital public services. In addition, there has been a significant growth in organised criminal activity online such as credit card fraud, identity theft, extortion and hacking into computer systems for financial gain. The internet is also being used by terrorists to plan acts of violence against our society.

Cybercrime

What can you do?

Government action has been taken to tackle these issues. In March 2016 we announced plans to create a National Crime Agency, bringing together all law enforcement agencies working across borders to combat serious and complex crime. This will be led by the NCA’s director general who will report directly to ministers. It will also bring together specialist units within existing police forces, including those responsible for tackling online abuse and fraud.

About the Computer Crime & Intellectual Property Section

The CCIP section is responsible for prosecuting computer crime cases, including those involving intellectual property. The unit also provides advice to other sections of the Department on issues relating to copyright infringement, software piracy, trade mark law, unfair competition and related matters. In addition, it advises government agencies in relation to these areas as well as providing training courses and seminars to industry groups and others interested in this area.

File a Report with the Internet Crime Complaint Center

The FBI receives more than 1 million complaints about internet crime each year. The IC3 provides victims direct access to law enforcement agencies around the world through its toll-free hotline: 888-IC3-RCVD8.

Report suspicious activity directly to local authorities .If you believe there has been a violation of federal criminal laws committed by another person using your identity, contact your state attorney general’s office or local police department immediately.

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