What is cybercrime? Cybercrime is defined as crimes committed on the Internet using the computer as either a tool or a targeted victim. It is difficult to classify crimes in general into distinct groups as many crimes evolve on daily basis. Even in the real world, crimes like rape, murder or theft need not necessarily be separate. However, all cybercrimes involve both the computer and the person behind it as victims, it just depends on which of the two is the main target. The computer can be looked at as either a target or a tool for simplicity’s sake.
For example, hacking involves attacking the computer’s information and other resources. It is important to take not that overlapping occurs in many cases and it is impossible to have a perfect classification system. There are so many varieties of crimes that are committed on the Internet daily; some are directed to the computer while others are directed to the computer users. When researching this topic, I have identified some common crimes committed daily in Nigerian networks.
Spamming is the act of sending unsolicited messages to many users at a time, possibly up to thousands, with the usual intention of advertising products to potential customers. Spamming is usually random and untargeted but it can be targeted to either a group of people, or certain persons. There are categories of spammers. Spammers are classified into two major faces: A. Hucksters: Hucksters are characterized by slow turnaround from harvest to first message (typically at least 1 month), a large number of messages being sent to each harvested spam trapped addresses, and typical product based spam (i.e. spam that is selling an actual product to be shipped or downloaded even if the product itself is fraudulent). B. Fraudsters: Fraudsters are characterized by an almost immediate turnaround from harvest to first message (typically less than 12 hours), only a small number of messages are sent to...
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