Cyber Crimes

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Businesses are becoming more and more reliant on the Internet in modern society and it is important to study the crimes that are committed electronically.  There are criminals on the Internet just as there are criminals on the street, the Internet has several common crimes that businesses need to understand.  Users on the Internet have rights and violating these rights are the same as violating rights in person.  The Internet has laws.  That means that people need to be aware of cyber laws and illegal cyber activity.  Torts made on the Internet are referred to as cyber torts.  Torts are simply violated someone. To start, there are several instances where a person is violated on the Internet.  The primary example of being violated in cyber space is defamation.  Defamation is essentially any type of slander against someone on the Internet.  Whether it is through a blog post, video post, chat room, or message board, attempting to harm someone’s reputation is against the law.  The person committing the crime of defamation can be sued for libel.  It is wrong to try and ruin someone’s reputation and businesses need to realize that even if they are just joking around, saying derogatory things about someone is against the law.  However, the Internet Service Provider cannot be held accountable for someone committing defamation.  The Internet is a place of freedom but abusing that freedom cannot be the fault of the service provider.  The Federal Communications Decency Act was created to protect these ISP’s and remind users to be decent on the Internet. Several laws have been created due to people abusing the Internet and the service providers are not to be blamed.

To continue on the topic of cyber crimes, spam e-mails are constantly being thrown around but only some are actually legal.  If a user is sending so much spam e-mail that it slows down the use of the computer or disrupts the Internet Service Provider, then it is a crime.  The trespass of chattels is...
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