The Role of the Internet and Crime
The Role of the Internet and Crime
May 13, 2013
How the Internet has Aided Crime
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 paralleled some of the greatest milestones in communications history. Along with such great strides in bringing the world together, the frightening aspect of accessing information and propaganda that tests the very limits of the U.S. Constitution has arrived. Above all, the Internet is used to commit against persons that include various crimes like ...view middle of the document...
In addition to the financial losses resulting from identity theft, the person whose personal information has been used will have an erroneous credit or criminal history that is often expensive and time-consuming to correct. The occurrence of identity theft increased significantly beginning in the late 1990s due to the computerization of records and the ability to use another's personal information anonymously over the Internet. As most people already know in America, identity theft is the fastest growing crime of any kind going on 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, MasterCard had a recent case where more than 400,000 customers had their personal information stolen.
Another example of how the Internet has aided criminal activity is Money laundering. Money laundering is the process of concealing the source of money obtained by illicit means. The methods by which money may be laundered are varied and can range in sophistication. Many regulatory and governmental authorities quote estimates each year for the amount of money laundered, either worldwide or within their national economy. Regardless of the difficulty in measurement, the amount of money laundered each year is in the billions (US dollars) and poses a significant policy concern for governments.
As a result, governments and international bodies have undertaken efforts to deter prevent and apprehend money launderers. The third example is Internet sex crimes. Using the internet to lure or entice a minor by criminal misuse of cyberspace to target and physically victimize children, particularly teenagers are having exposure to unwanted sexual solicitations, which is happening so much that it is known to affect (1 in 7 youth). It also includes unwanted exposure to sexual material ( 1 in 3) and harassment ( 1 in 11); as well as threatening or other offensive behavior directed at children to persuade them to be a part of sexual activities.
Sex offender registration is a lifetime label which will affect where an offender will be able to work and live. Being as a sex offender will result in a damaged reputation and difficulty in obtaining employment and even certain loans. Any computer sex crime case will require ample research and the use of experts in the field of computer forensics. The concept of hacking alone, for example, may bring about the possibility that a defendant will entirely unaware that his or her computer contained pornographic material depicting children.
Non-digital Nature Crimes
Traditional crimes are now being aided or abetted through the use of computers and networks, and wrongdoing previously never imagined has surfaced because of the incredible capabilities of information systems. The types of traditional crimes are violent, theft, fraud, and illegal activity. One of the violent crimes that have come...