The rise in the numbers of internet, computer, cell phone, and other technology users has had a drastic impact on every aspect of human life, including ways in which we bank, shop, communicate and even the ways we entertain ourselves. This technological advancement comes with tolls as there has been an increase in opportunity for offenders to commit various kinds of cybercrime. It can be regarded as a borderless crime as it can come from anywhere and anytime, impacting many people having a billion-dollar cost, in the blink of an eye, according to the FBI.
Any illegal activity that uses a computer as its primary means of commission. Cybercrime can, therefore, be viewed as a broad term that includes the use of a computer to send harassing messages or could include computer-focused crimes that are a direct result of computer technology and would not exist without it, such as unauthorized computer system trespassing
Types of cybercrime
Cybercrimes can be classified into different categories,
- cyber-trespass (e.g., unauthorized system access)
- cyber-deception/theft (e.g., identity theft, online fraud, digital piracy),
- cyber-porn/obscenity (e.g., child sexual exploitation materials), and cyber-violence (e.g., cyberstalking; cyber-terrorism).
- Computer viruses (including worms and Trojan horses),
- Electronic vandalism,
- Spyware, Adware, Hacking, Phishing, Spoofing, Pinging, Port scanning
- Sabotage involving grave terrorist threats.
Use of Technology in conventional Crimes
Cybercrime also can be the 21st-century version of the many age-old crimes, like embezzlement, fraud, theft of property, theft of private or financial data, abuse, stalking, reputation damage, or exploitation, where a computer is now the means to facilitate the crime. Apple recently received severe backlash when several celebrities had their personal, risqué photographs stolen from their Apple iCloud accounts.
Personal data has become the recent addition in, driving much of today’s cybercrime. Recent U.S cases involving Best Buy, Target, Home Depot, and Domino’s Pizza have hit the headlines mainly due to the huge, embarrassing numbers of private data files extracted by hackers. JP Morgan, a U.S Investor was also a victim of a cyber-attack recently.
Cybercriminals can steal card data by hacking into cash registers at retail locations. Newly stolen credit and debit cards are lined up to be sold at an underground store. the items up purchasable are not the actual cards, but instead, data copied from the magnetic stripe on the backs of the latest, fake credit cards. Cybercriminals purchase this data, re-encode the cards and use them for purchases which can easily be resold for cash.
Cybercriminals also can attach a ‘skimmer’ to an ATM. This skimmer is meant to steal account information from victims’ debit cards by recording the PINs as they are punched in. The information gained from the devices is then used to create fraudulent ATM cards aiming to steal from unsuspecting bank patrons. There are an incredible amount of online videos marketing stolen credit cards and other tools for criminal ventures.
It is nearly impossible to estimate the quantity of cybercrime that happens in most nations across the planet due to a scarcity of standardized legal definitions for these offenses and few valid, reliable official statistics Evidence demonstrates, however, that cybercrime rates are increasing because the rates for several sorts of traditional street crimes still decrease. If you suspect being a victim of any form of cybercrime or seeking any assistance with cybersecurity, give us a call now and we can set up an appointment with you to analyse your security parameters. Call us on 770-486-2070 or email at [email protected]