The Threats of Cyber Crime

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The Threats of Cyber Crime
How Cyber Crime is the Most Dangerous Crime and how it Affects our Society Today

The Threats of Cyber Crime
In today’s society, where everything is done online, around the world governments and businesses are losing billions upon billions of dollars every day. People ranging anywhere from teenagers to adults make cyber-crime the most threatening crime, just googling the term “hacking” can create an instant hacker. In the past, the worst thing that could happen on the Internet was getting a virus and the computer crashing. These days, it’s become much, much worse. The hackers that were once just bored 13year olds holed up in their bedrooms, playing with computers and testing their abilities are now cyber criminals, using their college learned computer skills to steal millions of dollars. What once made everyone fear for their email accounts, MySpace and Facebook pages, have now upgraded to cyber terrorism and it only takes a click of a mouse. Cyber-crime doesn’t only affect businesses; it can also destroy our personal lives. Cyber-crime is a crime committed online. Sometimes it can be stealing someone’s username and password to an Internet site. One friend might think it’s funny to try and login on another friend’s website and upload incriminating photos or videos of them. It could also be a group of people who find each other through chat rooms, who plan on hacking into the CIA’s database. Two hacker groups that have been in the news lately, Anonymous and LulzSec, have recently hacked into 77 police databases in the United States. Once hacked, they released all the information of anyone who has filed a complaint to the police. This also included anyone who wanted to stay anonymous and credit card information they found on file. The reason these groups committed such cyber-crime was because the FBI has been conducting investigations on the members of these groups. They released a statement with the leaked data stating they felt no sympathy for what they’ve done (Swaine, 2011). These hacker groups can be a very dangerous sort. During the riots in Britain, a conservative member of Parliament had death threats emailed to her children. This occurred because she urged social networks to be taken down while the riots continued. It’s assumed that the hacker groups Anonymous and LulzSec sent them, but they haven’t claimed any responsibility for them as of yet (Brit MP says hackers threatened her kids, 2011). Investigators are skeptical thought because these groups have yet to make any death threats. Cyber-crime is now an underground economy pulling in a $100 billion dollars annually, worldwide. In this day and age, internet merchants are becoming more and more popular. There was a time when seeing the UPS man drop a package off was exciting. It meant a family member sent a present or that something special came. Now people are getting packages every day instead of going to the mall or local shopping center. Society today is even able to order all household groceries online. But in order to do so, a lot of times people have to pay for what they order through Paypal.com. PayPal.com cited a report by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission that showed losses to cyber-crime totaled at $63 million in 2010.(Internet Crime Caution Alarm Over $63m Cyber Sting, 2011) The definition of cyber-terrorism is "the use of computer network tools to shut down critical national infrastructures (such as energy, transportation, government operations) or to coerce or intimidate a government or civilian population." The premise of cyber terrorism is that as nations and critical infrastructure became more dependent on computer networks for their operation, new vulnerabilities are created (Lewis, 2002) When doing a Google search of cyber-crime, 10.4 million webpages came up (Coleman, 2011). The bigger the businesses that are hacked, the more mainstream cyber-crime becomes. The...
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