The Role of the Internet and Crime
CIS 170 Information Technology in Criminal Justice
Professor Nick George
August 11, 2013
The internet has aided criminal activity by communicating with each other without having to be near, as well as fraud and identity theft. The rise of the internet over the last decade has created a milestone in communications history. Along with such great advancements it has caused the world to come together because of the frightening aspect of accessing information and propaganda that tests the very limits of the U. S. Constitution. “With just a few keystrokes, an individual can have access to all forms of pornography, bomb-making instructions, poison recipes and a plethora of extremist ideologies expressing everything from radical religious cults to terrorist crime groups” (justice)
Criminal activity has been aided by the internet by three specific activities. One example is Internet fraud which is also called internet scams. Sometimes, people will try selling you something on the internet at prices that seem unbeatable and sometimes magical. These websites would ask you for your credit card and personal information. Then they will steal your money and they have committed fraud. Second example is identity theft. As most people already know identity theft is the fastest growing crime of any today. The number of new cases of identity theft is staggering. Some of these cases involve the theft of huge volumes of personal information by credit card companies. For example, “Master card had a recent case where more than 400,000 customers had their personal information stolen” (FBI). With the creation of several identity theft programs they are catching the criminals before real damage can be done. Life lock is one such program that alerts you to any changes or usage of your personal information. The third example is internet sex crimes. Using the internet to lure or entice a minor, to commit...
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