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May 29, 2013
Difference between Cybercrime and Traditional Crime
Before readers can understand the difference between cybercrimes and traditional crimes, they must know what a cybercrime is. Cybercrimes, also known as computer crimes can be described as any crime committed through the use of a computer or computer technology (Jones, 2007). Though definitions vary, cybercrimes can be placed in four broad categories-unauthorized accesses to computer programs and files, unauthorized disruption, identity theft, and carrying out of traditional offenses. A form of cybercrime that we hear about every day is identity theft. A criminal can hack into a computer and steal personal information like checking account information, social security numbers and even their victims name, all while sitting at home. Traditional crimes are usually crimes such as robbery, murder and rape. When these crimes are committed, state, national and local laws are violated. An example of traditional crimes would be larceny. Larceny is defined as the unlawful taking of personal property. Larceny can be compared to identity theft. Both larceny and identity theft crimes the victims have their property stolen from them and are unaware of things happening to them. Although it is important to know what these crimes are, the difference between the two is that cybercrimes gives criminals the luxury of committing crimes from their homes, while traditional crimes does not.
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