Cybercrime is any criminal activity involving computers and networks. It can range from fraud to spam to the distant theft of government or corporate secrets through criminal trespass into remote systems, even in other countries or on other continents.
What is Cybercrime?
Online activities are as vulnerable to crime and can compromise personal safety as effectively as common physical crimes. Lawmakers, law enforcement, and individuals need to know how to protect themselves and the people for which they are responsible. The only difference involves the tools used to commit the crimes.
Types of Cybercrime
* Assault by Threat – threatening a person with fear for their lives or the lives of their families or persons whose safety they are responsible for (such as employees or communities) through the use of a computer network such as email, videos, or phones.
* Childpornography – the use of computer networks to create, distribute, or access materials that sexually exploit underage children.
* Cybercontraband – transferring illegal items through the internet (such as encryption technology) that is banned in some locations.
* Cyberlaundering – electronic transfer of illegally-obtained monies with the goal of hiding its source and possibly its destination.
* Cyberstalking – express or implied physical threats that creates fear through the use of computer technology such as email, phones, text messages, webcams, websites or videos.
* Cyberterrorism – premeditated, usually politically-motivated violence committed against civilians through the use of, or with the help of, computer technology.