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Dr. Diaz-Gomez, IT 4414

What You Need to Know About Cybercrimes

Elene Paryag & Ashre Griffin
IT Capstone - Research Paper

What You Need to Know About Cybercrimes

Elene Paryag & Ashre Griffin
IT Capstone - Research Paper

Table of Contents

Abstract …………………………………………………………………………………….3 Introduction……………………………………………………………………………4 - 5 Defining the Problem …………………………………………………………………..... 6 - 7 Laws of cybercrimes ……………………………………………………………………… 7 In the U. S………………………………………………………………………..7 - 9 Internationally ……………………………………………………………………9 Causes of Cybercrimes & methods of committing ………………………………………. 10 - 11 Theft crimes and Terrorism………………………………………………… 12 - 13 Companies and stats……………………………………………. ………………. 13 - 14 Preventions and Procedures……………………………………………………………….. 20- 21 Conclusion ………………………………………………………………………………… 22 - 23 References ………………………………………………………………………………….. 24 - 26

Abstract
Cybercrimes are responsible for the interruption of normal computer functions and has been known to cause the downfall of many companies and personal entities. This research paper aims to discuss following aspects of Cybercrimes: the definition, why they occur, laws governing them, methods of committing cybercrimes, who they affect, and cybercrime prevention procedures. More specifically, this paper will delve into one main example of cybercrime “hacking”. The report will show the usage and progression of technology has amplified different types of crimes such as theft crimes and terrorism. Also, this report will display statistical data which will give an idea of how far cybercrimes has increase over the period of ten years or more.

Introduction
In our modern technology-driven age, keeping our personal information private is becoming more difficult. The truth is, highly classified details are becoming more available to public databases, because we are more interconnected than ever. Our data is available for almost anyone to sift through due to this interconnectivity. This creates a negative stigma that the use of technology is dangerous because practically anyone can access one’s private information for a price. Technology continues to promise to ease our daily lives; however, there are dangers of using technology. One of the main dangers of using technology is the threat of cybercrimes.

Common internet users may be unaware of cybercrimes, let alone what to do if they fall victim of cyber attacks. Many innocent individuals fall victim to cybercrimes around the world, especially since technology is evolving at a rapid pace. Cybercrimes are any crimes that cause harm to another individual using a computer and a network. Cybercrimes can occur by issues surrounding penetration of privacy and confidentiality. When privacy and confidential information is lost or interrupted by unlawfully individuals, it gives way to high profile crimes such as hacking, cyber terrorism, espionage, financial theft, copyright infringement, spamming, cyber warfare and many more crimes which occur across borders. Cybercrimes can happen to anyone once their information is breach by an unlawful user. (webopedia.com)

According to Norton, “over the last 18 months, an ominous change has swept across the internet. The threat landscape once dominated by the worms and viruses unleashed by irresponsible hackers is now ruled by a new breed of cybercriminals. Cybercrime is motivated by fraud, typified by the bogus emails sent by "phishers" that aim to steal personal information” (Cybercrime 2011) Cybercrimes are responsible for the success of their respective criminal assets and the downfall of many companies and personal entities.

Cybercrimes createanoverwhelming task for law enforcement bureaussince they are extremelytechnological crimes. Law enforcement organizations must have individuals trained in computer disciplinesand computer forensics in order to accurately investigate computer crimes or cybercrimes that have been committed....
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